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De-Chlorinate Pool Water Please!
Post Date:08/21/2019 3:48 PM
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Did you know that discharging pool water into the Village's storm sewer system without de-chlorinating and making it pH neutral is an Illicit Discharge? Preventing Illicit Discharges is required by the Clean Water Act, which compels municipalities with separate storm sewer systems to adopt an Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Ordinance.
The Village's storm sewer system is the collection of drains and pipes in yards, streets, and parking lots. Prior to discharging into any drain, the chlorine must be reduced to undetectable levels (i.e. less than 0.1 mg/L) using the following methods:
- Simply stop adding chlorine to your uncovered pool and wait. Sunlight will help to naturally dissipate the chlorine within 10 days. During that time, use a swimming pool test kit to measure chlorine.
- Chemically de-chlorinate the pool water. Chemicals that will quickly remove chlorine are available through pool and spa care vendors. Follow the directions on the product label.
Thank you for helping the Village follow the law and improve our environment at the same time!