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Posted on: July 23, 2019

Monsoon storms bring dirt & debris; know the rules on draining, backwashing your pool

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Did you know that the same chemicals used to keep pool water safe for people are harmful to the environment? That’s why it’s important to drain your pool or spa water properly.

City of Surprise ordinance rules prohibit discharging pool water to the street, curbing, sidewalk, neighbor’s yard or anywhere off your property. Pool water must be drained directly to the sanitary sewer system, which allows the water to be recycled and reused. 

The same rules apply when discharging pool and spa filter backwash.

Download our informational flyer to see our step-by-step guide on how to drain a pool or spa, tips for knowing when to drain, and a guide to washing pool and spa filters.

 Improper pool discharges and other stormwater violations including spilled paint, illegal dumping and improper disposal of pesticides, can be reported to the city’s Stormwater Hotline, 623.222.6200 or

Questions about draining your pool water into the sanitary sewer system can also be directed to 623.222.6200.

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