Warning to pool owners over Grovelands Park drainage

Boy jumps in a pool
Image caption Chlorinated water from private pools is damaging Grovelands Park, says Enfield Council

A north London council has warned residents with swimming pools not to drain the water into a local park.

Chlorinated water from pools and saunas is contaminating Grovelands Park in Winchmore Hill, said Enfield Council.

The warning comes after residents in Broad Walk and Bourne Hill received letters from the Environment Agency (EA) pointing out the problem.

The council said it will consider "formal action" if residents fail to heed the EA's advice.

Chris Bond, cabinet member for the environment, said: "We have evidence that some swimming pool owners have drainage pipes which are discharging chlorinated water into Grovelands Park.

"We want the co-operation of swimming pool owners before we consider formal action.

"We are a reasonable council but we cannot allow continuous damage to be caused to our beautiful parks."

The council said its warning comes after the EA warned residents it was illegal to allow contaminated drainage water to escape from their properties.

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