What a wonderful discussion to begin! I had been experiencing similar problems. For the time being, and in a cold, windy mountain town like we are, our pigs are supplied with mud and rinsings during the day. When it heats up more and the soil will no longer retain moisture as well, then we will switch to a pool.
For their water buckets, since they would always put their feet in the shallow, wide water dishes, I have been using foot wide, four inch tall rubber bowls from our local feed store. The smaller diameter helps resist thier urge of dunking their pretty hooves since its not easy managing those beautiful jowls :)
As for the pool vs. your drinking bins, does your pool come higher off the ground than the water dish? If so, this may be whats detering them. A quick-fix for that would be to bury your pool until its about an inch above the dirt. This will also help keep it cool :) This is my first year raising pigs though, so if something sounds off, please let me know. Either way, I hope this is helpful :)
Golden Rule Farm, AZ
Here is another idea during the summer months as well. We save our gallon and 1/2 gallon milk jugs. We stick them in the freezer and when temperatures are high we put them in the swimming pools while we are away during the day. This melts slowly but, keeps the water colder so it is more refreshing for them.
I too have the issue of them crawling in all their water dishes. I have the big concrete black pans, the round black pans and swimming pools and most of the time, they climb in those water dishes and drink out of the swimming pools. lol Rarely do they knock these over as filled up it is quite heavy.
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