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AM-02: School Swimming Pools Guidelines for Operators. The State of Queensland (Department of Education and the Arts). 2002. "Example 1: Pool Dimensions: Length 25 metres Width 10 metres Depth 1 metres to 2 metres (average 1.5 metres) Volume = 25 × 10 × 1.5 = 375 cubic metres One cubic metre is equal to 1000 litres therefore the volume of the example above is 375 000 litres." 375,000 liters
Recreonics Inc. Calculating Swimming Pool Water Volume. 2005. "Example: The water volume of a pool 60 ft. long, 30 ft. wide and that slopes in depth from 3 ft. to 10 ft. is as follows: 30 × 60 × ((10 + 3)/2) = 11,700 cubic ft. of water 11,700 × 7.5 = 87,750 gallons." 332,170 liters
Decatur/Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Point Mallard Park Fact Sheet. 2005. "Wave Pool Capacity: 300 persons.
Wave Pool Volume: 450,000 gallons….
Olympic Pool Capacity: 250 persons.
Olympic Pool Volume: 648,000 gallons….
Duck Pond Volume: 26,000 gallons."
1,703,435 liters
2,452,947 liters
98,421 liters
Cooke Associates. Sportscience and Engineering in Education. 2005. "Mathematics: Pool volume. One Olympic pool design is 25 metres wide and 50 metres long. The pool is 3 metres deep at the starting end of the pool and slopes down (linearly) to 2 metres deep at the far end of the pool. How many litres of water are needed to fill this pool?." 3,125,001 liters
Stubbs, Peter. About Olympic and 50 m Swimming pools in the UK. 2005 "An Olympic Pool must be 25 m wide with a depth of 2.0 m (min) at all parts of the course and must be 50 m in length." 2,500,000 liters

Ever wonder how much water it takes to fill up an entire swimming pool? I know I did. That's why I did some research to come up with that information and now I am sharing that information with you.

The volume of a swimming pool is quite simple to determine. Every pool has certain measurable factors; however, these factors differ depending on the shape of the pool. The most common and most basic is the rectangular swimming pool. To determine the volume of rectangular pools, multiply the length of the pool by its width and by its average depth. For a circular pool, multiply the squared radius of the pool by π (pi) and by its average depth. For an elliptical pool, multiply π/4 by the major diameter, minor diameter, and average depth. For irregular shapes, calculating the volume is less accurate. You will need to determine of volume of a normal shape within the given area and then approximate the volume of the remaining parts of the pool. Volume of a swimming pool is given in units of cubic meters, liters, or gallons.

Jeffrey Gilbert -- 2005