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Are backyard pools good for California's drought?




Workers replace the plaster in a swimming pool in Santa Ana, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. California swimming pool companies just regaining their financial footing after the recession are now facing a new challenge: a devastating drought that has put the state’s ubiquitous backyard pools under the microscope. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Workers replace the plaster in a swimming pool in Santa Ana, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. California swimming pool companies just regaining their financial footing after the recession are now facing a new challenge: a devastating drought that has put the state’s ubiquitous backyard pools under the microscope. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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The pool and spa-industry is trying to put a drought-friendly spin on their products. Their claim? A pool could save water that would otherwise go to a lawn.

To discuss, we're joined by two guests: Kurtis Alexander, reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who writes about water and drought and Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, a non-profit research group based in Oakland.