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The average swimming pool holds 19,000 gallons of water that may contain a variety of biocides, algaecides and other chemicals. These chemicals are toxic to the environment, wildlife and fish and should not be emptied onto your driveway or in the gutter where they flow to and pollute our waterways.

GOOD TO DO

Maintenance

  • Maintain your pool’s chemicals properly and avoid use of copper sulfate.
  • Water should not appear murky, and Ph level should be between 6.5 and 8.5 before draining.

Cleaning

  • Clean your pool or spa regularly. Maintain proper chlorine levels, water filtration and circulation.
  • Before draining, let pool or spa water sit for several days without treating to allow chlorine to dissipate.
  • Add sodium thiosulphate to break down chlorine faster.
  • Always drain water to a grassy area rather than letting it flow directly into nearby storm drains.
  • Same goes with pump filters — always clean over a grassy areas.

Draining your pool into the grass can prevent harmful chemicals from getting into our water.

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We live in a beautiful region surrounded by water. It impacts everything from the food we eat to the fun we have as well as our economic livelihood. Our daily actions have a lasting impact and it's up to us to protect and restore our waterways. It takes a community of individuals making small changes to make a difference. Getting involved in the Bay Star programs is one way you can be part of the effort to protect our region's most defining natural resource, water.

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