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Time to drain winter water

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April 23, 2016 - 3:00 PM

KELOWNA - As the weather becomes warmer, residents are starting to prepare their pools, hot tubs and water features for the upcoming summer months.

The City of Kelowna reminds residents to ensure they follow the proper procedures to drain winter water.

Residents are asked to drain their pools and hot tubs to a dry area on their property at a low-flow rate over a long period of time. Salt water pools can drain directly into the sanitary sewer system.

“Proper drainage helps to protect our water systems and avoid allowing untreated water containing disinfectants or sediment to be released into Okanagan Lake and local streams,” says Adrian Weaden, Pump Operations Supervisor.

The Sanitary Sewer Storm Drain Regulation Bylaw restricts the discharge of residential swimming pool and hot tub water containing disinfectants such as chlorine, salt water and bromine to help protect the environment. If proper drainage is not possible, the water must be dechlorinated before being drained into the storm sewer system.

Water enters the storm sewer system through catch basins. These are the grates on the road, usually found by a sidewalk and they drain directly into the lake and streams. This is different than the sanitary sewer system, which is directed to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility, where water is treated before being released into the lake. Sanitary systems can be identified by their circular pipe with lid or a square container that, when opened, contains a pipe (the container may be marked with SEWER).

Residents are encouraged to contact the City's Water Quality department before draining their pool or hot tub to ensure they are draining into the correct system. Improper discharge of contaminated water can result in a fine of up to $2,000.

For more information call 250 469-8887 or visit, under water > drainage.

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