Selling Like Hot Tubs


Lidl’s ‘controversial’ water-hogging bathing pool.

Sold out within MINUTES.

Water FIGHT!

Tuesday: Everyone Stay Pool

33 thoughts on “Selling Like Hot Tubs

  1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    I’m going to fill mine with Godello, so they can shove their hosepipe ban up their hosepipes.

  2. john f

    Considering the amount of free advertising the product has received over the past 2 weeks I am not surprised by this. Seriously it was covered in most of the national press outlets.

  3. Martco

    would love to see what they look like after couple of days kids abuse, they look a bit flimsy

    those towels tho are great yokes if they’re the ones they had on last year I’m having 4 of them

    Thanks BS!

    1. Brother Barnabas

      “would love to see what they look like after couple of days kids abuse”

      perhaps “would love to see what they look like after couple of days being abused by kids” would have been clearer

    1. Brother Barnabas

      on basis of cubic capacity of these pools, it would take you on average 432 hours to fill one using one a bucket – less if you have more than one bucket, obviously. however, by the time you’ve emptied the last bucket of water in, the first will have evaporated. you see the problem? it’s hosepipe or nowt.

        1. The Old Boy

          The quoted volume of the pool at 90% fill is 7480 litres. The average garden bucket is two gallons and a builders bucket is three gallons, so take a rough average of 10 litres – that’s 748 buckets full.

          In any case, the water flow from a garden tap in much of Ireland can be as low as 10 or 15 litres per minute, so it’s going to take about 10 hours at least to fill the thing, even with a hose. If you had sufficient buckets and bucket carriers, the quickest you can fill the thing is as fast as the tap can fill the buckets – so it is still going to take hours of ceaseless water-carrying.

          1. The Old Boy

            Once I had factored in such foreseeable and unforeseeable events as cigarette breaks, boredom, trips to the off-licence, night-time, exhaustion, the wife sending you off to see if the butcher has any of the good burgers left, strain injuries, sunstroke and attendant excursions for medical attention, I would say you are correct to within the minute, Brother.

      1. Cian

        you must have a very small bucket! Or your pool is a long way from the tap.

        If a tap has 25L/min; then a hose would take 35 min to fill a 875L pool;
        … 8L of water into a 10L bucket would
        fill in 32 seconds
        + 15 sec to walk to the pool
        + 10 sec to empty bucket
        + 10 sec to walk back to the tap
        + 8 sec to turn tap on/off
        =75 seconds per trip;
        x 110 trips = 138 minutes = 2hr 18 minutes using a bucket.

        1. Brother Barnabas

          unless you’re polish (which I don’t believe you to be, “cian”), you’ll be taking several breaks of varied duration during the task

          my calculation of 400+ hours stands

        2. The Old Boy

          My eyesight isn’t the Mae West, but I think that flyer says the capacity is 7,480 litres at 90% – do you need another nought in your calculations?

          1. Cian

            b*gger[1], I divided by a 10L bucket twice… but by showing my calculations you could point out my error!

            If a tap has 25L/min; then a hose would take 300 minutes (5 hrs) to fill a 7480L pool;
            … 10L of water into a 10L bucket would
            fill in 24 seconds
            + 15 sec to walk to the pool
            + 10 sec to empty bucket
            + 10 sec to walk back to the tap
            + 8 sec to turn tap on/off
            =69 seconds per trip;
            x 748 trips = 860 minutes = 14½ 432 hours using a bucket

            ..which is 18×24-hour days; so by time it’s half-full the torrential rain will help you fill it.

            [1] bigger

          2. The Old Boy

            25L/min is a very optimistic flow rate from the end of a ½” garden hose unless you live in an unusually high-pressure area. It’s almost unfeasible even without the hosepipe ban.

    2. Jeffrey

      No. For those with water meters, usage will be monitored by IW and people abusing it could face a ban. Is everyone just thick to think that “hose pipe ban” means just using hose pipes? Also, people outside Dublin can fill up using whatever means until tomorrow 8am.

          1. Jeffrey

            Correction, its just Cian …


            Irish Water says the prohibited use applies to the use of water drawn through a hosepipe or similar for the purpose of:

            watering a garden
            cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a domestic hosepipe
            cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe
            filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool (except when using hand held containers filled directly from a tap)
            filling or maintaining a domestic pond (excluding fish ponds) using a hosepipe
            filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain (with the exception of such use for commercial purposes)
            use of water for filling or replenishing an artificial pond (excluding fish ponds), lake or similar application.

          2. Cian

            “hosepipe or similar

            So the ban includes hose, pipe, piping, tube, tubing, conduit, channel, line, duct, outlet, pipeline, siphon;

            But the ban doesn’t include buckets, or pans, or basins.
            The ban doesn’t prevent you running all the taps in your house non-stop.

  4. The Old Boy

    Obviously, everyone who uses a private well or a supply nor under the aegis of Irish Water can use their hoses to their hearts’ content.

    I’m sure others can come up with a few MacGyver-inspired solutions for legal irresponsible water use. Balancing a piece of old guttering or Wavin pipe between the garden tap and your new Lidil pool might work a treat. Perhaps one could install castors and simply roll the thing up to the tap for filling purposes. Failing that, an enthusiastic team of bucket-carriers could be recruited to form a chain, in exchange for a dip (30 seconds per bucket passed is the going rate, or so I hear.)

    1. Mart

      €125 and I think it’s ASG who fine you. They’re hoping though that people will show a bit of cop on and not break the ban and so not have to be fined.

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