Here’s how pool owners can protect Waterloo Region’s water2 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
Written by: Scott Cressman, Region of Waterloo
Summer’s approaching, so you’re emptying rainwater or melted snow from your swimming pool, hot tub or spa to get ready for the heat. During the fall, residents drain the pool as the weather turns cold.
Did you know? It’s important for homeowners to properly drain water from pools, hot tubs and spas. That’s because this water contains chemicals such as chlorine, bromine, salt and algaecides that can be harmful to the natural environment and our drinking water supply.
Homeowners have a responsibility to ensure the discharge from their pool, hot tub or spa does not impact the natural environment or surrounding properties.
In all cases:
- Ensure water is free from debris
- Do not discharge on rainy days. It may overwhelm the storm sewer system
- Do not flood roadways, sidewalks or neighboring properties
Options for discharging chlorinated water (including backwash) are:
- Discharge to the storm sewer system after de-chlorinating or allowing water to sit until chlorine dissipates. Test to ensure there’s no chlorine
- Discharge onto a permeable surface on your property
Options for discharging saltwater (including backwash) are:
- Discharge to the sanitary sewer system connection (for example, your laundry sink) located on your property
- Have it removed by a Ministry of Environment, Conservation & Parks (MECP) licensed hauler
Options for discharging rain or snow melt water from pool covers are:
- Discharge to the storm sewer system
- Discharge onto permeable surface on your property
Visit the Region’s website to learn more about protecting our community’s drinking water. You can also email the Region of Waterloo’s Environmental Enforcement & Laboratory Services or call 519-650-8260 (business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
You can enjoy the pool season knowing you’re protecting our community’s drinking water and environment.