Presentation on theme: "Katie Wilson, R.E.H.S Senior Environmental Health Specialist Public Swimming Pools Tim Dutcher, R.E.H.S Environmental Health Supervisor."— Presentation transcript:
Katie Wilson, R.E.H.S Senior Environmental Health Specialist Public Swimming Pools Tim Dutcher, R.E.H.S Environmental Health Supervisor
Website Enforcement and ADA Compliance Construction VGB and PDSC Forms Permitting and Applications Stormwater Discharge Regulations and Best Practices
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 Enforcement. ◦ 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 review
1.A pool facility wants to add a step to a shallow end of a pool. Yes 2.A pool is renovating a pump room and changing filters/pumps/etc. Yes 3.A pool facility is replacing deck markers and No Diving markers on the deck. No
4.A pool facility is renovating it’s restrooms and adding/deleting toilets and sinks or changing floors. Yes 5.A pool facility is changing out like for like in the pump room. No 6.A pool facility is doing a deck renovation including concrete or paver replacement or expansion. Yes
If there is a question as to whether plan submittal and review is required, please contact myself or Troy Purvis Contacts ◦ Regarding plan submittal or plan review questions call Troy Purvis ◦ Regarding plan review or construction questions call Katie Wilson
The law became effective on December 19, ◦ What does this mean? All drain covers had to be in compliance by the 2009 season. 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 season 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 meckpools.charmeck.org ◦ 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 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
◦ 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 meckpools.charmeck.org A How To Guide A How To Guide
If new form is filled out, all portions must be completed ◦ 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 2 nd week of January
Application ◦ Fields populated with most current info from our database ◦ Make any changes to owner, operator, phone number, address, etc. by striking through and writing in new information ◦ Return to health department with the permit fee
New for Permit Application ◦ 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 year
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
Reminder letter mailed to owners, facilities, and operators. Permit application and fee returned to health department. Pools opening before May 18 th – schedule a pre- permit inspection Pools opening on May 18 th or later – no changes to inspection process
Note: Opening and closing date will be used for issuing of permit. ** Any pools indicating opening prior to May 18 th will require a pre- permit inspection to receive their permit **
If pool wants to open before May 18 th, a pre- permit 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 correct Permit fees are not paid Incomplete or incorrect application information 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 dayshttp://meckpools.charmeck.org Look for the icon located in the right corner of the page
Will return to previous years inspection process All permits will be batch issued May 18 th 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 ◦ Gates ◦ 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 begin April 1, 2015 – Start of the 2015 Seasonal Pool Season May 15, 2015 – Last day for pre-permit inspections
Katie Wilson (704) Tim Dutcher (704) General Questions
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 Sec Permitted Incidental Non-Stormwater Flows Examples: –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 lowered.
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 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).
Sanitary Sewer System Contact Charlotte Water (formerly Charlotte- Mecklenburg Utility Dept) at 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 facility. Rinse tools and equipment off where discharge won’t enter storm drain system.