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Are You Properly Draining Your Pool?
Posted Date: 4/30/2015 7:00 AM
Many people are preparing their pools ready for hot summer days. Often this means draining some or all of the water. While this sounds simple enough, many people don’t realize that it is a violation of City Ordinance to drain pool water to the street, alley, or storm drain. The chemicals in pool water can be toxic to the plants, fish, and other wildlife that live in the streams and creeks that receive the discharged water.

The proper way to dispose of pool water is to drain the water to the sanitary sewer where it will end up at the wastewater treatment plant and have all the chemicals removed before being drained into the Trinity River. Most pools’ backwash systems are plumbed to the sanitary sewer. Make sure yours is so you can backwash the amount of water you need removed from your pool. Other options to make sure the water is directed to the sanitary Empty swimming pool drainingsewer are to pump the water into a sewer clean-out, usually located in the front yard of your house, or to a bathtub or sink inside your house. Whatever way you determine is best, make sure that if you drain your pool, for any reason, the water does not drain to the storm sewer system (street or alley), but instead goes to the sanitary sewer to be treated properly. Report any observed pollution that could result in the impairment of our waterways to 972-466-3060 or by visiting cityofcarrollton.com/envservices.