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QUESTION TO - CONTACT US WEBPAGE FOR PENNINGTON SEED INC.

Hi,
I have two questions regarding properly balanced pool water and mature grass grown from your seeds:
1) Will your mature grass seed products be negatively impacted from exposure to properly balanced chlorine treated swimming pool water?
2) Will your mature grass seed products be negatively impacted from exposure to properly balanced salt water swimming pool water?
I have never had either problem. Your answer will resolve a debate on the subject.
Thanks,
Stan Greberis

ANSWER FROM PENNINGTON SEED INC:

Hello Stan,

Chlorine is not known to have a damaging effect on grass. The resiliency of the soil is fixed so that it can withstand chlorine at high acid levels. Grass is selective about the nutrients that they allow into their systems.
Small amounts of salt, such as water splashed out or backwash will not harm the grass around the pool. However, if you plan on draining it, you need to drain in stages and into an approved location. Salt in small quantities will not kill grass, but large amounts of salt in the soil will absorb moisture and nutrients until it is no longer able to sustain growth.
Please advise if we can be of further assistance.
Janie Williams
Consumer Relations, Pennington Seed, Inc.

QUESTION FROM THE ECO POOL DRAIN "FOUNTAIN" TO TAYLOR TECHNOLOGIES

Hi Chris,

I am the inventor of the patent pending Eco Pool Drain “Fountain”. Our device is used for backwashing or releasing excess pool water after a heavy rain. I have been using this device for the last three years for this purpose. I have not noticed any lawn damage to date. On one occasion we drained our 12,900 pool with it. None the less, people are always asking me if it will hurt the lawn. My response has been that it will not if the water is properly balanced/maintained. And that you should keep people out of the pool if you see a negative impact on vegetation. And then get the water tested and treat as needed before letting people back into the water. I would like to respectfully ask if you agree with my observations and comments.

Thanks,
Stan Greberis
New Jersey

ANSWER: CHRIS GOLDEN OF TAYLOR TECHNOLOGIES

Given what you have presented to me, I agree with what you are proposing. I am all into water re-use and conservation.

Chris Golden
Taylor Technologies
Sparks, Maryland

QUESTION FROM THE ECO POOL DRAIN "FOUNTAIN" TO SALTECK LLC

Hi Shawn,

We talked at our booth during the 2016 Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show. You asked me to send you an email that you would comment on. Some folks have asked me if the released pool water from my Eco Pool Drain “waste water/backwash "Fountain" will hurt their lawn. The fountain is designed to aerate the water as it sprays it upward to a height of approximately six to seven feet .The returning water is dispersed to an area covering 36 to 49 square feet land surface typically covered by grass or vegetation. My response has been that it will not hurt the grass if the water is properly balanced/maintained.  Additionally, I've advised that you should keep people out of the pool if you see a negative impact on vegetation, get the water tested and treat as needed. I would like to respectfully ask for your feedback.

ANSWER: SHAWN MIKUSKI OF SALTECK LLC

Hello Stan,

What you are saying here is correct.  If the water is within recommended spec, there should be no issues with grass or vegetation.  There are other factors that need to considered, such as time of day, air temperature, water temperature, condition of soil and vegetation that could affect the growth, or damage.  This is not a variable you can control, other than manual considerations.  But if common sense practices are used, and basic chemistry is followed, there should be no damage to lawns or other vegetation.

Shawn Mikuski
CEO
Salteck LLC
Brick New Jersey

QUESTION FROM ECO POOL DRAIN "FOUNTAIN" TO NATURAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST/ENVIRONMENTAL COORDINATOR

Hi Tim,

I am the inventor of the Eco Pool Drain “Fountain”. I came up with the idea for this product after installing our swimming pool in 2011. That summer we had unseasonably frequent and heavy rains in New Jersey. My pool came with a 75’ waste water hose for releasing the pools filtration system backwash water and/or excess pool water after a heavy rain. Many pool owners drag this hose to their driveway and allow the water to flow to the street and ultimately into the nearest storm water sewer. They do this to avoid the erosion resulting from the force of this water. I was determined to dispose of this water in an environmentally responsible manner. So I decided to purchase what I thought was the missing part of my pool. Time after time pool supply retailers would tell me the same story. They knew of the problem and others had come in asking to purchase what is perceived to be the missing part to their pool too. The retailer’s response was typically one of the following: 1) I can’t tell you how to dispose of the water. 2) Release it down your driveway at night when no one will see it. 3) Release it into wetlands, streams or rivers where it will go unnoticed. Mt device is designed to release theater in compliance with the Clean Water Act. The water is projected approximately six feet into the air and returned to the earth like rain. This method is effective at minimizing soil erosion and keeping the water on the property of the pool owner where it is absorbed into the soil and kept out of wetlands and waterways. Pool owners and retailers love the concept and are now worried about hurting their lawns. My response has been that it will not hurt the grass if the water is properly balanced/maintained. Additionally, you should keep people out of the pool if you see a negative impact on vegetation, get the water tested and treat as needed. I would like to respectfully ask for your feedback.

Thanks,
Stan Greberis

ANSWER FROM BURLINGTON COUNTY SOIL CONSERVATION NATURAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST/ENVIRONMENTAL COORDINATOR

I like the idea. It would be nice to see this product incorporated with designing rain gardens/bio-filtration systems for backyards.  If a person is concerned with the environmental impact of the vegetation, a small segment about phytoremediation and infiltration might help ease minds of your customers. From my experience, the general public does not realize where storm water pipes actually discharge and we use that water in our daily lives. Just my two cents. I wish you the best of luck!

Tim Robinson
Soil Conservation Natural Resource Specialist/Environmental Coordinator
Burlington County

QUESTION FROM THE ECO POOL DRAIN "FOUNTAIN" TO HAYWARD TECHNICAL SERVICES

Hi Richard,

I am not sure that you understood my question. My question is that will the release PROPERLY BALANCED pool water (chorine, PH, Salt levels etc.) hurt my lawn?

Thanks,
Stan

ANSWER FROM HAYWARD TECHNICAL SERVICES

Dear Mr. Greberis,

I understand your question. If the water is balanced then it shouldn't affect your lawn but there are no guarantees. That's why I suggested talking to a local pool center to inquire as to what may happen. Thank You for contacting Hayward.

Hayward Technical Services
Clemmons, NC (USA) 27012