This Swimming Pool Electrical Wiring Diagram illustrates the electrical requirements for above-ground swimming pools. This Swimming Pool Electrical Wiring Diagram shows how to wire a swimming pool. A #8 (or larger) solid, bare copper wire 18"-24" from the inside pool wall under the perimeter surface 4"-6" below the final grade is required for nonconductive pool shells. Pools and spas come in all shapes and sizes, and the majority of them require some electrical equipment to maintain water quality, power lights, and run pumps, among other things. These electrical installations must be completed in accordance with your local electrical code. It is always preferable to install a pool or spa far away from any power lines and vice versa.