Draining Pool & Spa Water
While your swimming pool or spa filter backwash is illegal to purge into the stormwater drains, it is also against city ordinance to drain your chlorinated pool or spa water into the stormwater drains. The current City of
Remember, stormwater drains are different than the sanitary sewer. The sanitary sewer is where the water from inside your home (sinks, showers, commodes) flows to for treatment at our water treatment facilities. The stormwater drains are where the rainwater goes and where the runoff from your roof or lawn flows (which is not always a good thing!...read more about this here).
When you’re ready to empty your pool or spa, follow the steps below (or these Best Management Practices) to ensure that you are abiding by local ordinances as well as helping to minimize your impact on local streams and lakes.