Draining Pools & Spas

Waste Water Treatment Plant

Pollutants from swimming pools and spas can threaten aquatic life in local creeks and the Bay. Proper maintenance and cleaning can reduce the need for completely draining a pool or spa.

When draining pools and spas, it is important to ensure that the water is drained into a sanitary sewer cleanout and not a storm drain.

The Los Altos Municipal Code (10.08.380 & 10.08.390) outlines the appropriate ways to drain water from pools and spas.

The Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program has also provided a guide for Draining Pools & Spas.