Pool Together in California

The pool, hot tub and spa industry is an important part of California’s state economy.

From the tens of thousands of small business owners and employees to the millions of dollars in economic output, the pool and spa industry helps keep California solvent. Pool construction alone employs hundreds of local residents, requires permit fees and employee payroll taxes to be paid, all of which help stimulate local economies. When water restrictions propose regulations only affecting pool and spa owners, they are promoting a policy that will adversely impact the pool building industry. This industry is composed of small, local and often minority-owned businesses. By imposing such industry-specific regulation, hundreds of local jobs will be put in jeopardy and will result in less money for local governments that rely on their permits. More importantly, water use restrictions on filling new swimming pools and spas are symbolic in that they do not result in any significant water savings.

  • In 2020, the California pool and spa industry contributed more than $5 billion and 94,000 jobs to the state economy.
  • The state receives $205,226 in sales tax for every acre-foot of water used for new swimming pool installations.
  • The pool and spa industry produces over $1.4 million in gross state product for each acre-foot of water it uses to fill newly constructed pools.
  • The pool and spa industry produces over $1.4 million in gross state product for each acre-foot of water it uses to fill newly constructed pools.

The pool and hot tub industry is important for California’s economy.

Pool construction alone employs hundreds of local residents, requires permit fees and employee payroll taxes be paid, which helps to stimulate local economies. Pool builders, distributors, and retailers live and work in our communities and are a vital part of the workforce.

The swimming pool and hot tub industry also creates approximately $75,000 in local economic impact for every new pool that is built. At about $1.4 million per acre-feet, the pool and spa industry has the highest economic impact per acre-feet of water used than any other industry in California except high tech.

The pool, hot tub and spa industry provides thousands of jobs.

In 2020, more than 94,200 Californians were employed by the pool and spa industry. The pool and spa industry generates 11,700 jobs per 1,000 acre-feet of water it uses. That is considerably higher than other industries, like agriculture, which only produces 12 jobs per 1,000 acre-feet.


Find out more at the
California Pool & Spa Association