Need advice on pool specs
I am having a pool built in the beautiful island of Barbados!
The PB sent me two sets of specs where the only difference lies with the type of pump. Some info on the pool:
~11 000 gallons
Most of the time it will be my DH and I using it, mainly in the evening/night time
1 deck jet
No spa or waterfall or any other feature
The specs from the PB are as follows:
1 VS-8 speed pump with t/clock OR 1.5 HP Pentair pool pump (needs a 220 V time clock)
1 150 sq ft pentair filter
1 40 Pentair Intellichlor Unit
1 12-18 starter
1 300W 30 ft cord light
1 300W niche
1 300W transformer
1 Deck box
2 2" Skimmers
5 1419 jets
6 2" insider vacuum points
Our per kwh charge is $0.57 (very high I know!). I will be considering solar pumps in the future.
1. What are your thoughts on the VS vs 1.5 HP vs 2 speed pump?
2. Do you recommend 1.5" or 2" pipes?
3. Why should there be independent pipes for the main drain and skimmer?
4. Why do the drains, returns and skimmers need shut-off valves?
Thanks for all your help!!