Pool Volume Calculator
Use this calculator to estimate how many gallons or liters of water you need to fill a swimming pool of a given size. Calculates the volume of the swimming pool and the water required.
Calculating pool volume and water needed
One often needs to calculate the volume of a swimming pool in order to determine the amount of water needed to fill it, usually as a part of an estimation for the cost of maintaining the pool, including the water cost and the amount of chlorine needed to disinfect it. Calculations for the weight of the water the swimming pool will contain are required when designing the building foundations for it, making sure they can hold the weight. In either case the calculation process is:
- Estimate the volume of water that will fill the pool by taking measurements or using dimensions specified in an architectural plan or product specifications.
- Convert the volume to litres or gallons, depending on the unit you want the result to be in
- To get the water weight, multiply the volume by its density (in the same units). The density of water is ~62.2347 lb/ft3 (997 kg/m3) at room temperature.
When using this pool calculator, you should consider that the depth of the pool is not the whole depth from top to bottom, but only the depth to which it can actually be filled without water overflowing into the drains. Some incorrectly refer to the volume of a swimming pool as "swimming pool size". However, "size" is the internal dimensions of the pool, not its volume, although the two are related.
Volume and water calculations for irregularly-shaped swimming pools
In some cases, the swimming pool will have an irregular shape, for example the floor may be inclined or step-wise, or the outer walls may be curves instead of straight lines or a circle. However, our calculator only supports rectangular pools and circular pools.
In such cases what you can do is divide the volume in several approximately regularly-shaped sections, calculate their volume and water requirements and then sum them up together. In case you end up needing to do this for a large number of sections, you might use our summation calculator. Reasonable approximations can be made for slightly irregular shapes by taking the average length or width, but if you need a very accurate water estimation you should consult a professional. The math will likely involve integral calculus.
Liter vs litre
Both "liter" and "litre" refer to the same unit, with "liter" being used in the United States while the conventional name as defined by the international body of standardization is "litre". Since they express the same volume of gas or liquid, the two names can be used interchangeably.
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Georgiev G.Z., "Pool Volume Calculator", [online] Available at: https://www.gigacalculator.com/calculators/pool-volume-calculator.php URL [Accessed Date: 17 Jun, 2019].