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Pool wastewater subject of PA warning

WILKES-BARRE, PA — Pennsylvania companies in the pool/spa industry, as well as others, are being reminded by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to properly handle pool wastewater, according to an April 20 DEP news release.

According to the DEP, the state’s Clean Streams Law prohibits discharging pool and chlorinated water to storm sewers. Property owners and companies that violate this law may be prosecuted and penalized for damages.

Environmental Protection Regional Director Michael D. Bedrin said in the release that to avoid fish kills, “Pool owners and professional pool cleaners need to dispose of old water correctly and to neutralize wastewater that contains 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.”

If the local municipality grants permission, all wastewater — including pool backwash water, neutralized pool cleaning wastewater and standing water — should be discharged to the local sanitary sewer system. If sanitary sewers cannot be accessed, the wastewater should be hauled off-site for disposal at an approved treatment facility, the release said.

For information regarding when sanitary sewers cannot be accessed and wastewater cannot be hauled away, as well as to read the full release.

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