4Enforcement?Time extensions within Mecklenburg County are no longer being grantedContrasting color bandsFencing issuesConstruction issuesIf an extension is required, a formal appeal must be made to the stateProcess can be found on the Intent to Suspend form which is issued during the inspection
5Pool Maintenance Reminder… Do not put chlorine in your pool to rapidly increase your chlorine unless you are shocking your poolThis includes chlorine pucks, granular, sticks, etcAn Immediate Suspension will be issued if staff see this
6ADA ComplianceMeck Co. pool inspectors are NOT enforcing ADA compliance with liftsWhat does this mean for your permit? ADA regulation does not affect your operating permit or your inspection. It is enforced by Code Enforcement.New construction and construction on existing pools will be required to be ADA compliant in accordance with going through plan reviewSee ADA website for details at or call 311 to speak with a Building Inspector
7What is considered construction? Changing anything pertaining to the pool, pool equipment or pool buildings from what was originally approved during the initial plan review
8Is Plan Review Required? A pool facility wants to add a step to a shallow end of a pool.YesA pool is renovating a pump room and changing filters/pumps/etc.A pool facility is replacing deck markers and No Diving markers on the deck.No
9Is Plan Review Required? A pool facility is renovating it’s restrooms and adding/deleting toilets and sinks or changing floors.YesA pool facility is changing out like for like in the pump room.NoA pool facility is doing a deck renovation including concrete or paver replacement or expansion.
10Plan Review and Construction If there is a question as to whether plan submittal and review is required, please contact myself or Troy PurvisContactsRegarding plan submittal or plan review questions call Troy PurvisRegarding plan review or construction questions call Katie Wilson
12Virginia Graeme Baker Act The law became effective on December 19,What does this mean?All drain covers had to be in compliance by the season.All equalizer line covers had to be in compliance by the 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.
13Pool Safety Data Compliance Form Install Dates are new to form!! Must be completed!
14VGB and Current Standards All expired drain covers or equalizer line covers must be replaced before the seasonAll pools are required to submit an updated PDSC form this upcoming seasonA permit will not be issued until an up to date form is on file and approved
15PDSC Forms – OnlineAll previously submitted PDSC forms are online on our webpageGo to meckpools.charmeck.orgClick on icon, “Print Applications and Permits”Look up facility by Pool ID, Name, or AddressFile is listed as “Master File”
16PDSC Forms – OnlineSome pool operators began changing out drain/equalizer covers in 2014A current list on our website“Master for List for Pool Data Safety Compliance Forms”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
17VGB RemindersIt is the responsibility of the operator or facility to maintain covers and assure they are in complianceForm must be re-submitted if changes are made to your pool pump(s), drain covers or skimmer equalizer coversNote: Changes are considered items different than what was originally installed.Example: A Hayward drain cover is installed instead of an Aquastar drain coverExample: A Pentair pump is installed instead of Hayward pump
18How Do I Fill the PDSC Form Out? A “How To” PowerPoint presentation has been placed on our website at meckpools.charmeck.orgA How To Guide
19Tips for Completing Your PDSC Form If new form is filled out, all portions must be completedEven if you did not replace the equalizer line covers, installation date must be put on formKeep a copy of the completed form for your personal recordsAll completed PDSC forms will be available online once submitted and approved
232015 Permitting – Application Process Fields populated with most current info from our databaseMake any changes to owner, operator, phone number, address, etc. by striking through and writing in new informationReturn to health department with the permit fee
242015 Permitting – Application Process New for Permit ApplicationEqualizer and drain covers in compliance with VGB?If no, a completed PDSC form must be submitted and approved before the permit will be issued
252015 Permitting - Fees Permit fees will stay the same Seasonal Fee - $130Annual Fee - $250Late fees have not changed = $120
262015 Permitting – Application Process Payment Invoices will be available again this year
27How to Pay 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 check
282015 PermittingReminder letter mailed to owners, facilities, and operators.Permit application and fee returned to health department.Pools opening before May 18th – schedule a pre-permit inspectionPools opening on May 18th or later – no changes to inspection process2013 information packages will be mailed to owners and facilities as they are listed.in Alpha. For pools with the Operator listed as the contact, the information will be mailed to the Owner.A list of operators will be compiled and the duplicates removed. The same information will then bemailed to the operators.
292015 Permitting – Application Process Note: Opening and closing date will be used for issuing of permit.** Any pools indicating opening prior to May 18th will require a pre-permit inspection to receive their permit **
302015 Pre-Permit ProcessIf pool wants to open before May 18th, a pre- permit inspection must be scheduledA list of every pool and their assigned inspector will be posted on our website: under Inspector Assignment ListGo to the website, look up your pool, and contact the inspector to schedule an inspection
32Why Can’t I Get My Permit After My Inspection? Any item on the pre-permit checklist is not correctPermit fees are not paidIncomplete or incorrect application informationPDSC not approved or on file
33I Passed My Pre-Permit Inspection – Where is my permit? Once a pre-permit inspection is successfully completed, the permit will be posted on our website at within 3 daysLook for the icon located in the right corner of the page
34Permitting After May 18th or Annual Pools Will return to previous years inspection processAll permits will be batch issued May 18th for any remaining pools that have not received their permitPermits will be available onlineAn inspection can be conducted at any time
35Permits – Changes A hard copy will not be mailed to operators Print off the permit from our website and post in a visible locationNote: Permit stickers will no longer be issued
36Summer Environmental Assistants Visits made again at pools throughout the Season starting after Memorial DayThese are visits, NOT inspectionsLooking at critical violationsChecking chlorine and pH; clarity of waterRing buoys/body hooksEmergency telephonesGatesEqualizer line covers and drain covers
37Dates to RememberFebruary 27, 2015 – Last day to submit permit fee without paying a late penaltyMarch 18, 2015 – Pre-Permit inspections may beginApril 1, 2015 – Start of the 2015 Seasonal Pool SeasonMay 15, 2015 – Last day for pre-permit inspections
41Stormwater Rule Compliance & Best Practices Pool Construction, Maintenance and OperationJanuary 21, 2015
42Stormwater 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 SectionSec Permitted Incidental Non-Stormwater FlowsExamples:Landscape irrigation;Uncontaminated, pumped groundwater;Collected infiltrated stormwater from foundation drains or footing drains;Air conditioning condensate;Dechlorinated swimming pool discharge
43Pools & Spas as a Pollution Source Draining (chlorine, chloride & other chemicals)Filter backwashConstructionMaintenance (acid washing, grouting, plastering, etc.)
443 Options Pool & Spa Draining Yard or landscaped area Storm drain systemSanitary sewer system
45Yard 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 lowered.
46Storm Drain SystemDechlorinate 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 draining.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).
47Follow requirements provided by them. Subject to issues such as Sanitary Sewer SystemContact Charlotte Water (formerly Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Dept) atFollow requirements provided by them.Subject to issues such aschemical 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.
48Filter 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.
49Pool 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, ORPump wastewater into containers/totes and dispose of it through an environmental disposal facility.Rinse tools and equipment off where discharge won’t enter storm drain system.