By Matthias Noble, Clean Water Institute Intern, Summer 2022
As stated on city of Williamsport.org in their article “Only Rain Down the Drain” swimming pools in the municipality are prohibited to be drained into the street or down a storm drain. Rather, it is suggested that the pool is left untreated with chlorine or any other chemicals over the span of two weeks. Afterward, the pool can be drained into the sanitary sewer system, if given permission by your local wastewater authority, or it can be drained into your property at a maximum of 12 gallons per minute. If you do decide to drain your pool gradually onto your property, be sure that no water runs off your property, into the street, or into a nearby stream.
Above: A Sanitary Sewer Access Point
Why care about what goes down storm drain?