The Corporation of The City of London
September 13, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Drain your pool the right way
For many, the end of summer weather brings with it the responsibility of
closing the family pool. The City of London would like to remind residents to
drain pools, spas and hot tubs in a manner that will protect our environment,
and to be aware of the requirements of
Waste Discharge By-Law WM16.
Any water entering the City’s storm sewers via the grates and storm drains on
streets needs to be free of chemicals, including salt. This means homeowners
must take precaution before allowing pool drainage to run on to streets.
Dechlorinating pool water using tablets or by allowing the pool to sit with no
addition of chemicals for one week prior to draining are two common ways to
ensure the water you’re draining is okay for our storm sewers. Salt water pools
need to either be discharged into your household sanitary sewer connection or
hauled away by a licensed waste hauler.
“Anything entering our storm sewers through grates on our streets goes directly
to our creeks, rivers and lakes without being treated first,” says Tony Van
Rossum, Wastewater Treatment Operations. “It’s imperative we keep our water
sources clean and chemical free, for our benefit and for the protection of our
Any time a substance other than rainwater or snow melt is put into a storm
sewer, it is considered a spill, and should be reported to City of London
Wastewater Treatment Operations at 519-661-5701.
More information on how to drain your pool the right way is available by reading
pamphlet or viewing our