Swimming Pool & Spa Cleaning and Maintenance

Despite the fact that we immerse ourselves in it, the water from pools and spas is far from chemically clean.  Nutrients, pH, and chlorine can adversely affect fish and wildlife in waterbodies.  Following these Best Management Practices will ensure the cleanliness of your pool and the environment.

Suggested Best Management Practices:

  • Pool and spa water should be dechlorinated if it is to be emptied into a ditch, on the ground or lawn, or to the street and stormwater collection system.  Contact your pool chemical supplier to obtain the neutralizing chemicals you will need.  The rate of flow into the ditch or drainage system should be regulated so that it does not cause problems such as erosion, surcharging or flooding.  Water discharged to the ground or a lawn should not cross property lines and should not produce runoff.  If you live in a sewered area, you should discharge pool water to the sanitary sewer.  Contact your local wastewater treatment facility, listed here, for permission prior to discharge.
  • If pool or spa water cannot be dechlorinated, it should be discharged to the sanitary sewer.  Prior to draining, notify your local wastewater treatment facility to ensure they are aware of the volume of discharge and the potential effects of chlorine levels.  A pool service company can help you determine the frequency of cleaning and backwash of filters.
  • Diatomaceous earth used in pool filters cannot be disposed of in surface waters, on the ground, into stormwater collection systems, into septic systems or into the sanitary sewer.  Dry it out as much as possible, bag it in plastic, and dispose of at the land fill.
  • Consider hiring a professional pool service company to collect all pool water for proper disposal.  Make sure to ask them where they will dispose of it and the kind of permits they hold to do so.