How to Properly and Legally Drain a Swimming Pool or Spa
Do You Know Where the Water Goes?
The “DON’T DUMP!” signs are placed next to storm drains to remind everyone that gutters and storm drains carry rainwater as well as any pollutants directly to arroyos, creeks and the ocean without any treatment.
Improperly disposed of pool water, filter materials and chemicals can enter the watershed and cause damage to plants, animals, and water quality. Be aware that whoever drains or maintains a pool or spa is responsible for preventing chemicals from entering the watershed. Most cities levy significant fines for infractions.
If you are using a pool service professional or contractor, DO NOT ASSUME they are aware of these rules. It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure their contractor abides by the law.
Proper Disposal of Swimming Pool or Spa Water
The recommended method is to discharge the water to the sanitary sewer system, via a sewer cleanout or other sewer connection.
Discharging pool or spa water to the storm drain system is allowed under very strict conditions and is not a preferred method.