Posted on: September 6, 2017

Safely Drain Swimming Pools


It’s time to tackle the end of summer chores. One of the tasks may include draining your swimming pool. But before you do, check out the guidelines from Roseville Public Works.

Improper disposal or releasing swimming pool water and chemicals into the soil can harm water bodies and damage wildlife and vegetation.

  • Do not add chlorine the week before draining your pool. Test pool water before draining to ensure that pH levels are normal (6.5-7.8) and chlorine levels are not detectable.
  • Pump pool water over an open area, such as a lawn, before letting water drain into a storm sewer. If the water goes through the lawn, acid and chlorine levels must be safe to prevent damaging the grass. Use natural drainage paths that will help keep the water away from adjacent property and buildings.
  • Do not drain pool water directly into the storm sewer or a body of water, such as a lake, stream or wetland.
  • If your pool contains black algae, collect the algae and flush it down the toilet. Decaying organic matter lowers the oxygen level in water and should not go into the storm sewer or wetland. Leaves and other yard waste can be composted.
  • If the pool is cleaned by acid or water pressure, make sure the pH level in the water has adjusted to a normal level before draining the pool. Filter out paint chips before draining.
  • Follow instructions on all chemical labels for proper disposal. Do not mix two or more chemicals because the reaction could be harmful.
  • Dispose of unwanted pool chemicals at any Ramsey County household hazardous waste collection sites for no cost. Visit RamseyRecycles.com/hhw or call 651-633-EASY (3279), which is answered 24/7, for hours and locations.

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