Swimming pools and spas are common in Orange County, but they must be maintained properly to guarantee that chemicals aren’t allowed to enter the street, where they can flow into the storm drains and then into the waterways.

Unlike water in sanitary sewers (from sinks and toilets), water in storm drains is not treated before entering our waterways.  You would never dump pool chemicals into the ocean, so don’t let them enter the storm drains. Click the link to the right to download the Pool Maintenance brochure.

Tips for Pool Maintenance

  • If you are disposing pool water into a sanitary sewer, make sure the water is free of any unusual coloration, dirt, or algae.
  • Excess chlorine can be removed by discontinuing the use of chlorine for a few days prior to discharge or by purchasing dechlorinating chemicals from a local pool supply company.
  • Know if your city allows pool water to be disposed into storm drains. Make sure to check with your city.
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