Drain don’t strain: empty backyard pools the right way

September 16, 2020
Public service announcement

With fall on the horizon, it’s closing time for backyard pools. Protecting Okanagan Lake from improper pool draining methods should be top of mind during this time.  

When draining pools or hot tubs at any time during the year, residents are reminded: 

  • To drain to a dry area on their property over a long period of time, ensuring water stays on the property 
  • To discharge the water at a low flow rate 
  • To stop draining if it starts raining or the ground becomes saturated 
  • Water should be dechlorinated before being drained into the storm sewer system 
  • Saltwater pools should be drained into the sanitary sewer system  

The Sanitary Sewer Storm Drain Regulation Bylaw restricts the draining of residential swimming pool and hot tub water containing disinfectants such as chlorine, salt water and bromine to storm drains in order to protect the environment. If proper drainage is not possible, the water must be dechlorinated before being drained into the storm sewer system.    

Residents who are unsure about proper drainage are encouraged to contact the City's Water Quality department at 250-469-8887 before draining their pool or hot tub. Improper discharge of contaminated water can result in a fine of up to $2,000. 

For more information visit the Storm Water webpage at kelowna.ca/wastewater