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Will swimming pool water cause damage?

My neighbours have got a huge swimming pool that holds up to 14,000 litres of water and they emptied it the other day and the water come onto my garden.

I'm just wondering if anyone knows if it will do any damage to my grass and plants? If it does, what can I do to resolve it? 


  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,523
    I suppose it really depends on what,if anything,was in the water.
    It is too late to do anything but looking on the bright side maybe your garden just got a jolly good soaking!
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    Pretty bl**dy inconsiderate of them at best @laurendurham24. Surely they should have been draining it in such a way as to avoid imposing on other people's property? I wouldn't have thought you could randomly drain a pool in that way.  :/
    I know you probably don't want any grief, but have you informed them? Perhaps they didn't realise the impact. Worth doing, because you may have damage depending on where exactly the water was running, and how much. 

    I'd imagine it's full of chlorine, which isn't ideal, but with a bit of luck and some heavy rain, it should be ok. Fingers crossed.  
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  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,891
    The degree of chlorination in a domestic swimming pool is usually quite low - not much different to most tap water - unless their system has gone haywire. So I wouldn't worry about it too much.

    It depends how difficult you want to be - you could report it to the Environment Agency, it may be illegal, unless the water is completely untreated, to dump it in that way. 

    Or you could just say to them that they flooded your garden and could they not do it again. They probably should have put it into the sewer - assuming you're on mains sewers? I think you're allowed to put water from domestic swimming pools into the sewers, although I've not actually checked that.

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  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,457
    I'm assuming this is an above ground pool and they basically just pulled the plug and allowed it to empty.  As has been said, it's bloody inconsiderate if nothing else.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,237
    The problem is if it was a salt water pool, sterilised by uv.  Salt water will kill lots of things. Talk to your neighbours, inform them what happened, ask what was in it.
  • TenNTenN Posts: 184
    It would have been plain tap water or at worst chlorinated but I would have thought the chlorine would have evaporated before it was emptied. It was a bit inconsiderate but I bet they didn't realise how much was there. 
    Hopefully you've got a lawn that likes the soak.
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