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Discharge Requirements

The chlorine and bromine in your pool provides benefits, but must be handled wisely.

They are convenient and economical primary sanitizers for swimming pools and hot tubs. Chlorine is the most popular and used in swimming pools. Bromine is very stable at high temperature and has recently found heightened popularity in spas and hot tubs.

Most private single family housing pools are not connected to the City’s sewer system and if your pool water needs to be discharged, it can be can be discharged (drained) on site if properly controlled. The surface drainage requirement is that it be contained on the owner’s property, such as lawn and landscape areas. If pool or hot tub water cannot be completely contained on a owners property; it may be allowed to drain to a storm water drainage system in your neighborhood.

Swimming pool water containing chlorine/bromine is NOT ALLOWED to drain to public sewer or any storm water system drain or collection areas without first neutralizing the chemicals pH level and official approval. For additional information, contact the Ada County Highway Department (ACHD) Storm water Hotline at 395-8888

If a residential subdivision community common swimming pool is connected to the City’s sanitary sewer system and needs to be drained, first; contact the Pretreatment Program Manager at 208 888-2191, located at 3401 N. Ten Mile Road for approval and additional discharge information.

Presumably you do not want to intentionally risk flooding your neighbor’s basement, so please call before you discharge.

NOTE: A residential pool or hot tub cannot be drained to a street sewer manhole as per Meridian City. Code, reference Title 9 Chapter 2, PRETREATMENT SEWER, § 9-2-2-1 B Prohibited Discharge Standards, Specific Prohibitions 26.


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