City of Kelowna urges proper pool drainage, or could get a $2K fine

Don't chlorinate the lake

The City of Kelowna is reminding residents to protect Okanagan Lake by draining backyard pools the right way.

When draining pools, hot tubs or backyard water features at any time of the year, residents are reminded:

  • To drain to a dry area on their property over a long period of time, ensuring water stays on the property
  • To discharge the water at a low flow rate
  • To stop draining if it starts raining or the ground becomes saturated
  • To test pool water to ensure that no chlorine remains. If your water still has some residual chlorine, it should be dechlorinated before being drained
  • To not drain directly into Okanagan Lake
  • To not drain saltwater pools into the storm water collection system

Residents who are unsure about proper drainage are encouraged to contact the City's Water Quality department at 250-469-8887 before draining their pool or hot tub.

Improper discharge of contaminated water can result in a fine of up to $2,000.

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