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If certain criteria are met, pools can be drained into the street gutter or storm drain. The water needs to be dechlorinated. Use a home pool test kit to confirm that chlorine residual levels do not exceed 0.1 ppm and that the pH level is between 6.5 and 8.5.
Pool drainage water can be used to irrigate hearty plants, to saturate dry ground, or to soak down rocked or mulched areas. Be sure to regulate the rate of discharge so that it does not cause problems such as erosion, flooding, or overburden the downstream drainage facility.
For further information contact the City’s Environmental Program Coordinator at (909) 364-2835.
Additionally, the County of San Bernardino maintains a 24-hour toll free water pollution reporting hotline at (800) CLEANUP.
To report serious spill emergencies, call 911.