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Prep for fall: Drain your water the right way

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September 17, 2015 - 5:00 PM

KELOWNA - As yards, pools and hot tubs are readied for fall, the City of Kelowna reminds residents to follow proper procedures when draining water to help protect our water system.

When draining pools and hot tubs make sure:

·         To drain to a dry area on the property over a long period of time

·         To discharge the water at a low flow rate

·         That the water stays on the property

·         To stop draining if it starts raining

·         Water is de-chlorinated before being drained into the storm sewer system

·         Salt water pools are drained into the sanitary sewer system

It is important to know what system you’re draining your water into as improper discharge of contaminated water can result in a fine of up to $2,000.

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. Water features such as ponds and fountains may also need to follow draining procedures as they may contain sediments and other wastes.

Storm sewers are the catch basins or grates on the road usually found by a sidewalk and they drain into the storm sewer system. As these systems connect directly into Okanagan Lake and local streams, the water flows into the lake untreated.

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 “sewer”). The sanitary sewer system is directed to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility and is treated before being released into the lake.

Residents are encouraged to contact the City's Water Quality department before draining their pool, hot tub or water feature to ensure they are draining into the correct system.

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

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