The Alameda County Clean Water Program reminds residents to properly drain their pools and spas this summer in order to reduce water pollution in our community
As summer approaches, reduce the need to drain
by cleaning pools and spas regularly, and maintaining proper chlorine levels and water filtration. How does a backyard pool pollute local waters? It’s simple: when pools are drained into streets, the water flows into storm drains
The Alameda County Clean Water Program asks residents to follow these simple tips to reduce pollution:
• Do keep your pool or spa well-maintained with a balanced pH to avoid the need for chemicals or drainage.
• If you must use an algaecide, ask someone at a pool supply store to recommend one that does not contain copper.
• In general, select pool products with reduced phosphates. Without phosphate, algae cannot thrive.
• If needed, drain your pool or spa to a sanitary sewer cleanout or to a vegetated area.
• Avoid draining your pool or spa to a paved driveway, street, or storm drain.
• If you need to clean your pool filters, rinse over landscaped areas. Fresh water will dilute the chlorine so it won’t harm plants or grass.
• After refilling your pool, check chemical levels daily for a week to monitor proper chemical levels.
By practicing safe draining procedures and selecting the appropriate products for our pools and spas, Alameda County residents can enjoy a cleaner Bay.
For more information on reducing water pollution around yourhome or yard, visit www.BayWise.org or www.cleanwaterprogram.org