Diatomaceous Earth, what on earth is that?
Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms and is used in certain types of pool filtration systems.
If you have a pool that uses DE, be certain that you are not backwashing your pool into the street. Dried up DE is usually seen in the street along the curb and looks like a dry white powder.
Have your system checked to ensure that your pool plumbing has the backwash going into the sanitary sewer system NOT INTO YOUR STREET DRAIN. Anyone with a pool is subject to this rule regardless of the pools age.
Only Rain Down the Storm Drain
The City of Meadows Place has an ordinance in place that prohibits anything going into storm drains that is not rainwater.
Properly clean and/or dispose of filters.
- Have your system checked to ensure that your pool plumbing has the backwash going into the sanitary sewer system NOT INTO YOUR STREET DRAIN.
- Never clean a filter in the street or near a storm drain.
- Backwash diatomaceous earth filters onto dirt. Dispose of spent diatomaceous earth in the garbage. Diatomaceous earth cannot be discharged to surface waters, storm drainage systems, or septic systems.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Code Enforcement.
Jennifer Cabello, City of Meadows Place Code Enforcement Officer