If you are cleaning up your pool this spring, draining water (or backwashing) will probably be necessary. If it is, please read the following information.
Did you know that swimming pool water can pollute our creeks, streams, and lakes? Even though it is safe for us, swimming pool water may contain chemicals that are harmful to aquatic life.
Anything discharged into streets or storm drains goes directly to the nearest creek, stream, or lake without being treated. With the average pool holding between 15,000-20,000 gallons, improper disposal can adversely impact our waterways. Pools can have a high concentration of chlorine or salt which can be toxic to fish and wildlife. To prevent algae, many pools are treated with an algaecide, often containing copper or silver which can hinder natural plant growth along streams.
Where should I drain the water from my pool when backwashing or draining my pool?
- Into your landscape for irrigation (check with your landscape professional to be sure it is not harmful to your plants). Pools may be discharged onto your property if the water does not run off onto adjoining properties and streets or cause stagnant water.
- If you live in Denton (and some surrounding municipalities), you should drain this water into the sanitary sewer system. If your backwash line is not currently connected to your sewer line, we can give you a quote on making this connection.
This information was obtained from the City of Denton pamphlet entitled “Swimming Pool Water Discharge”.
Call Gohlke Pools if you would like a quote to install a backwash line to the sanitary sewer.