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Keeping the Pool Safe

The versatility of Stormtech’s Slimline range allows for drainage grates to be used for pool surrounds, ensuring safety, health, hygiene, and style.



BY Andrew McDonald

November 2nd, 2016


Important elements of well-designed pools and spas are safety, health and style. Factors as varied as the pool deck and patio design, as well as pool area drainage, contribute to the long-term enjoyment of the pool or spa.

By directing the water splashed from the pool into the grate, any landscape or pool designer can prevent a number of problems, including fall hazards caused by slippery decks; algae and mildew growth occurring due to water ponding; and water wastage caused by insufficient or improper drainage.

The Australian Code of Practice for the design, construction, operation, management and maintenance of aquatic facilities requires compliance with regulations for backwash water, wastewater disposal and surface finishes. For instance, backwash water from the pool should not be allowed to enter natural waterways through stormwater systems, and must instead be directed to the surface water management system on the property.

This is where Stormtech comes in. The Stormtech patented manifold drainage system is a key differentiator in specifying pool drainage. With its Special Assembly design reducing the need for wider grates, Stormtech’s drainage solutions are ideal for the space conscious designer. Composed of a PVC channel with outlets every 200mm connected via downpipes to the corresponding sockets in the pipe below, the Special Assembly system allows the channel to be installed level with sufficient fall given to the pipe for self-cleaning. The system is topped with a stylish slimline stainless steel grate.

Stormtech’s Watermark certified Slimline Special Assembly products provide narrow profile, high capacity drainage systems that allow for flexibility in pool design, especially in wet-edge and infinity pool applications. The versatility of Stormtech’s Slimline range allows the drainage grates to be used for pool surrounds, within or around the coping to prevent pool water contamination in the grassy or garden areas, and to reduce the impact of stormwater on pool water.


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