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Don’t drain swimming pools into storm drains

Post Date:09/26/2018 8:30 AM

As swimming pool season winds down, remember that it’s illegal to release chlorinated pool water into a neighborhood storm drain. 

Water flowing down neighborhood storm drains is not filtered before it drains into local streams and reservoirs, which can harm wildlife.

“Native fish and other aquatic life living in our waterways cannot tolerate the levels of chlorine and other chemicals often found in pool water and backwash water from filtration units,” said Storm Water Quality Manager Raymond Melton.

If you use chlorinated water in your pool and it isn’t connected to a sanitary sewer line for draining, the water must be de-chlorinated before releasing it into a storm drain. All saltwater systems must be drained to the sanitary sewer system.

Fines for illegal disposal into storm drains range from $200 to $1,000 per day for each violation, according to Oklahoma City Municipal Code.

Help spread the word

Residents, civic organizations or other interested groups can get help spread the word about protecting our waterways by participating in Oklahoma City’s Curbs to Creeks program.

Participants can check out a kit with markers, adhesive and other tools needed to place decals on storm drain inlets. The decals have messages like “Dump no waste – Drains to waterway.”

“This is a grassroots effort where people can get involved at a neighborhood level and help to raise the awareness that storm water is not treated before entering our local waterways,” Melton added. “The decals also provide a number that residents can call to report illegal dumping activities.”

Any leftover or unwanted chemicals may be dropped off at the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at 1621 S Portland Ave.

For more information, visit okc.gov/swq or call (405) 297-1774.

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Media Contact
Shannon Cox
(405) 297-2130
shannon.cox@okc.gov

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