Governmental Pool Water Release Permits

Some localities allow for pool water to be released into storm sewers.  Doing so may require the pool owner to file for a permit. Typically applications are submitted on a case-by-case basis and pool owners are usually required to follow strict steps to dramatically reduce and/or eliminate chemicals and/or salt levels prior to releasing water. You should contact the local government authority for information regarding your responsibilities when discharging pool water.

De-chlorination Products for Swimming Pool Water

Pool professionals should know that in some municipalities the penalty for releasing untreated pool water could cost the owner, operator or service contractor thousands of dollars per occurrence. Levels of concentration of certain pool water chemicals can be toxic to aquatic life. These products are designed to make the pool water harmless to the environment.

Dry Wells

Check with the local governmental office regulating swimming pools to determine if a permit is required for the construction of a dry well. If so, you will need a qualified contractor to build it. This solution entails the use of light or heavy equipment, appropriate access, and adequate space. A hole must be dug somewhere on your property that is capable of handling a minimum of several hundred gallons of water at a time. The dry well is then connected to your pool by through an underground plumbing network. The hole is filled with a thousand or more pounds of gravel stone and then topped off with a foot or more of soil until it is even with the surrounding area. The required equipment may leave surface ruts and the overall area may require additional soil and surface grading followed by the application of grass seed or sod.  The dry well is now ready to use and it will be the receiving point for your backwash and excess water.  The well is designed to allow the water to filter through the stone fill and then finally to leach into the earth. This is an effective but rather costly method or complying with water management regulations. The pool owner should expect this solution to reach several thousand dollars.

Plumbed Directly to Your Homes Sanitary Sewer

Connecting your pool to a home’s sanitary sewer clean-outs is usually an approved method of releasing or disposing of pool water. Most governing bodies prohibit releasing pool water into a home’s septic system.

Run Off-Effluent Drainage Trenches

This remedy has been incorporated into the pool owners landscaping design. It is aesthetically pleasing while providing an environmentally friendly way of preventing the managed pool water from reaching waterways or neighboring properties. The rock bed can be installed either professionally or by the pool owner over several weekends. The needed materials are depicted above and are readily available at home improvement stores. This particular installation extends over 30 feet and contains over 2,000 pounds of large and small stones. Although not as costly as a dry well this solution can easily approach close to a $1,000.00 if installed by the pool owner and much more if done by a contractor.