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Pa. agency issues reminder to discard pool water properly

The state Department of Environmental Protection is reminding private and public pool owners, as well as pool management companies, that pool and chlorinated wastewater must be handled responsibly.

“With warmer weather just around the corner, many Pennsylvanians and municipalities are getting their pools ready for summer fun,” said DEP Regional Director Joseph A. Feola. “But almost every spring, as swimming pools are cleaned and prepared for summer use, we see fish kills in local streams that easily could have been prevented.”

When chlorinated water is drained from a swimming pool into a storm sewer, it quickly makes its way to a stream or other body of water, where aquatic life is damaged or killed.

“Pool owners and professional pool cleaners need to dispose of old water correctly and to neutralize wastewater that contain harmful chemicals, such as chlorine. Most of all, they need to make sure the wastewater is going into the sanitary sewer, where allowed – not the storm sewer,” Feola said.

Discharging swimming pool water to the commonwealth’s waters without a permit violates the Clean Streams Law. Property owners and pool companies that violate this law may be prosecuted and penalized for damages.

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