Cleaning Pool Filters and Our Storm Drains

Pools are a great way to beat the heat! However, summer weather can do a number on your pool; haboobs deposit dirt, blustery winds deliver flowers and leaves, strange bugs from the Salton Sea move in, and rain washes yard debris right into your pool.

Just like cleaning up after the big July 4th party, your pool needs regular maintenance to keep the water crystal clear. Besides regular chemicals and filter cleaning, your pool’s filter may need an occasional flush, called backwashing. Whether you are doing the cleaning or you have a weekly pool service, it is important to remember only rain goes down the storm drain.

In Sun City Shadow Hills it is a code violation to discharge pool filter (rinse or backwash) water from your property into storm drains per section 7.5 and 7.6 of the Design Rules. The water likely contains chlorine, bromine, algaecides, biocides, water conditioners, stabilizers, and other chemicals that can persist in the environment for a long time. These materials and other pollutants accumulate over time and cause environmental damage. Additionally, SCSH captures this water for use on the golf course.

Do your part to protect the environment and avoid getting a violation notice by disposing of pool or spa filter rinse water into the soil in your yard. Be sure to kindly remind your pool service of this rule as you are responsible for their actions.

If you have opted to maintain your own pool, here is a great online article on How to clean your filters:

We thank all homeowners for your cooperation in keeping our environment clear of contaminants.