Mecklenburg County Public Swimming Pools 2015

Katie Wilson, R.E.H.S
Senior Environmental Health Specialist Public
Swimming Pools
Tim Dutcher, R.E.H.S
Environmental Health Supervisor
Enforcement and ADA Compliance
VGB and PDSC Forms
Permitting and Applications
Stormwater Discharge Regulations and Best
Time extensions within Mecklenburg County
are no longer being granted
◦ Contrasting color bands
◦ Fencing issues
◦ Construction issues
If an extension is required, a formal appeal
must be made to the state
◦ Process can be found on the Intent to Suspend form
which is issued during the inspection
Do not put chlorine in your pool to rapidly
increase your chlorine unless you are
shocking your pool
◦ This includes chlorine pucks, granular, sticks, etc
An Immediate Suspension will be issued if
staff see this
Meck Co. pool inspectors are NOT enforcing ADA
compliance with lifts
◦ What does this mean for your permit? ADA
regulation does not affect your operating permit or
your inspection. It is enforced by Code
◦ New construction and construction on existing
pools will be required to be ADA compliant in
accordance with going through plan review
See ADA website for details at or call 311 to
speak with a Building Inspector
Changing anything pertaining to the pool,
pool equipment or pool buildings from what
was originally approved during the initial plan
1. A pool facility wants to add a step to a shallow end of
a pool.
2. A pool is renovating a pump room and changing
3. A pool facility is replacing deck markers and No
Diving markers on the deck.
4. A pool facility is renovating it’s restrooms and
adding/deleting toilets and sinks or changing floors.
5. A pool facility is changing out like for like in the
pump room.
6. A pool facility is doing a deck renovation including
concrete or paver replacement or expansion.
If there is a question as to whether plan
submittal and review is required, please
contact myself or Troy Purvis
◦ Regarding plan submittal or plan review questions
call Troy Purvis
 704-621-2299
◦ Regarding plan review or construction questions
call Katie Wilson
 704-309-5494
The law became effective on December 19,
◦ What does this mean?
 All drain covers had to be in compliance by the 2009
 All equalizer line covers had to be in compliance by the
2010 season.
Under the law, all public pools and spas must
have compliant drain covers installed and a
second anti-entrapment system installed,
when there is a single main drain other than
an unblockable drain.
Install Dates are new to form!! Must be completed!
All expired drain covers or equalizer line
covers must be replaced before the 2015
All pools are required to submit an updated
PDSC form this upcoming season
◦ A permit will not be issued until an up to date form
is on file and approved
All previously submitted PDSC forms are
online on our webpage
◦ Go to
◦ Click on icon, “Print Applications and Permits”
◦ Look up facility by Pool ID, Name, or Address
◦ File is listed as “Master File”
Some pool operators began changing out
drain/equalizer covers in 2014
A current list on our website
◦ “Master for List for Pool Data Safety Compliance
◦ The list shows whether or not we have a PDSC on
file and the dates the main drain covers and
equalizer line covers were installed
◦ It is the responsibility of the operator or facility to
maintain covers and assure they are in compliance
◦ Form must be re-submitted if changes are made to
your pool pump(s), drain covers or skimmer
equalizer covers
 Note: Changes are considered items different than what
was originally installed.
 Example: A Hayward drain cover is installed instead of an
Aquastar drain cover
 Example: A Pentair pump is installed instead of Hayward pump
A “How To” PowerPoint presentation has been
placed on our website at
A How To Guide
If new form is filled out, all portions must be
◦ Even if you did not replace the equalizer line covers,
installation date must be put on form
Keep a copy of the completed form for your
personal records
◦ All completed PDSC forms will be available online
once submitted and approved
Renewal Notice Sent out 2nd week of January
◦ Fields populated with most
current info from our
◦ Make any changes to owner,
operator, phone number,
email address, etc. by
striking through and writing
in new information
◦ Return to health department
with the permit fee
New for Permit
◦ Equalizer and drain
covers in compliance
with VGB?
◦ If no, a completed
PDSC form must be
submitted and
approved before the
permit will be issued
Permit fees will stay the same
◦ Seasonal Fee - $130
◦ Annual Fee - $250
Late fees have not changed = $120
Payment Invoices will be available again this
Payments can be submitted by check or
through credit card
If submitting a payment separate from the
application, write the permit ID on bottom of
Reminder letter
mailed to owners,
facilities, and
Permit application
and fee returned to
health department.
Pools opening
before May 18th –
schedule a prepermit inspection
Pools opening on
May 18th or later –
no changes to
inspection process
Note: Opening
and closing date
will be used for
issuing of permit.
** Any pools
opening prior to
May 18th will
require a prepermit inspection
to receive their
permit **
If pool wants to open before May 18th, a prepermit inspection must be scheduled
A list of every pool and their assigned
inspector will be posted on our website: under
Inspector Assignment List
◦ Go to the website, look up your pool, and contact
the inspector to schedule an inspection
Any item on the pre-permit checklist is not
Permit fees are not paid
Incomplete or incorrect application
PDSC not approved or on file
Once a pre-permit inspection is successfully
completed, the permit will be posted on our
website at
within 3 days
Look for the icon located in the right corner
of the page
Will return to previous years inspection
All permits will be batch issued May 18th for
any remaining pools that have not received
their permit
◦ Permits will be available online
◦ An inspection can be conducted at any time
A hard copy will not be mailed to operators
Print off the permit from our website and
post in a visible location
Note: Permit stickers will no longer be issued
Visits made again at pools throughout the
2015 Season starting after Memorial Day
These are visits, NOT inspections
Looking at critical violations
Checking chlorine and pH; clarity of water
Ring buoys/body hooks
Emergency telephones
Equalizer line covers and drain covers
February 27, 2015 – Last day to submit permit fee
without paying a late penalty
March 18, 2015 – Pre-Permit inspections may
April 1, 2015 – Start of the 2015 Seasonal Pool
May 15, 2015 – Last day for pre-permit inspections
Katie Wilson
[email protected]
(704) 309-5494
Tim Dutcher
[email protected]
(704) 336-5553
General Questions
[email protected]
Craig Miller
◦ Charlotte Mecklenburg Stormwater Services
Stormwater Rule Compliance
& Best Practices
Pool Construction, Maintenance and Operation
January 21, 2015
Stormwater Pollution Control Ordinance
• No person shall cause or allow the discharge or disposal of
non-stormwater, either directly or indirectly, to the storm
water system, waters of the state, or upon the land in a
manner or amount that is likely to reach the stormwater
system or waters of the state except as described below in
Section 18-81.
• Sec. 18-81. Permitted Incidental Non-Stormwater Flows
– Landscape irrigation;
– Uncontaminated, pumped groundwater;
– Collected infiltrated stormwater from foundation drains or
footing drains;
– Air conditioning condensate;
– Dechlorinated swimming pool discharge
Pools & Spas as a Pollution Source
• Draining (chlorine, chloride
& other chemicals)
• Filter backwash
• Construction
• Maintenance (acid washing,
grouting, plastering, etc.)
Pool & Spa Draining
• 3 Options
– Yard or landscaped area
– Storm drain system
– Sanitary sewer system
Yard or Landscaped Area
• Pump at slower rate to allow percolation.
• Move hose occasionally.
• Avoid flooding and nuisance conditions on
neighboring properties.
• Stop if discharge is entering storm drain system
and chemical concentrations haven’t been
Storm Drain System
• Dechlorinate to <0.1 mg/L by allowing to sit for 1
week or lowering with dechlorination additive.
• Do not add other chemicals for 1 week before
• Ensure pH is 6-9.
• Remove/strain out algae and debris.
• Saltwater pools and spas are not allowed to be
discharged to storm drain (high chloride levels).
Sanitary Sewer System
• Contact Charlotte Water (formerly CharlotteMecklenburg Utility Dept) at 704-336-4407.
• Follow requirements provided by them.
• Subject to issues such as
– chemical concentrations (limits/treatment)
– location (is local system running at capacity; overflows)
– timing (avoid peak times, after rain, etc.)
• Discharge into sewer cleanout pipe, not through a
public manhole (not allowed).
• Watch for backups into home.
Filter Backwash Discharge
• Discharge filter backwash to sanitary sewer or
landscaped area, not storm drain system (many
are directly connected to sanitary sewer).
• Dispose of filter material and debris in trash.
• Rinse filters over lawn or landscaped area.
Pool Construction & Maintenance
• Use erosion control to prevent sediment from
discharging offsite.
• Keep wastewater from plastering, grouting,
guniting, acid washing and other operations from
entering storm drains.
• Contact Charlotte Water regarding discharge pf
wastewater to sanitary sewer, OR
• Pump wastewater into containers/totes and
dispose of it through an environmental disposal
• Rinse tools and equipment off where discharge
won’t enter storm drain system.
Illicit Discharge Example – Acid Washing
• Craig Miller
– [email protected]
– 704-336-7605
• Questions??

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