Your Inground Pool and Drinking Water
One of the stipulations of being approved for zoning to build your own pool is a contingency plan to prevent drinking water contamination. As your pool has the potential of going as far as 12 feet into the ground, so you have the potential of hitting some underground water. Because of the huge amount of chemicals that are added to a pool in a daily basis, you must assure none of these chemicals will seep into the drinking water.
Your pool company should be well aware of the local standards that assure there will be no contamination of the drinking water. But here are the basic rules, in case you want to keep track yourself (which is always a good idea):
- When a pool holds more than three feet of either municipal or well water, the fill hole or pipe has to be at least two pipe diameters above the flood level of the pool.
- All pools deeper than three feet require a backflow prevention device. This will require a plumbing permit.
- Check your local standards to note any additional contamination prevention requirements.
- It is ultimately your responsibility to assure these precautions are followed, as you are the owner of the pool and the home.
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