WESTPORT, Conn. -- Residents who are preparing their swimming pools for winter should discharge the water in an environmentally responsible manner, Westport Conservation Director Alicia Mozian said.
The Conservation Department and Department of Public Works offered the following guidelines on the discharge of swimming pool water and the protection of the water and other natural resources:
- Wait at least a week after the last application of chlorine before preparing to discharge swimming pool water.
- Discharging pool water into catch basins is an acceptable practice in Westport, if done in a responsible manner.
- Before discharging any water, check the catch basin to determine whether it is connected to a functioning drainage system.
- Release the pool water slowly, over time, so it does not overburden the drainage system.
- In the event of a rainstorm, the discharge should be halted immediately so that streets and adjacent properties will not become flooded.
- If no catch basin is available, deactivated pool water may be discharged over the ground, provided that the point of discharge is a minimum of 25 feet from any wetland or watercourse.
- Discharge to the municipal sanitary sewer is prohibited.
- Residents are reminded that it is illegal to discharge pool water directly into a wetland or watercourse.
For further information, contact the Conservation Department at 203-341-1170 or the Department of Public Works at 203-341-1120.
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