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Question DetailsAsked on 6/19/2017

Are the test kits sold to the public to test for chlorine to prove neighbors pool is leaking into my yard?

Neighbors swimming pool is leaking huge amounts of water into my yard. Want to prove chlorine is in water. Are their test kits sold to the public?

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Chlorine would not prove it, though pool acid might - by the time it flows through the grass or ground, probably indistinguishable from normal public water supply or chlorinated well water as far as chlorine content, which also has residual chlorine. Even the acid level is likely to normalie after 5-20 feet of flowing through the ground, so test would have to be at a pretty low concentration detection level to be sure to be able to prove it is not groundwater. Might work if a sealed sample was taken AND the chlorine content or sulfuric acid level was found to be significantly above straight tap water level, or pH is significantly lower than normal water.

I would just trace the flow (assuming this is shallow) by digging shallow holes (be sure to get free utility locate first) to track the water back towards its source till you get to the property line and open that hole up enough to show the dirty water is flowing from his yard - then you have proof it is coming from neighbor's yard, and let it be HIS problem to find and cure the source.

Course if he claims it is a natural spring then you might need a water test to prove it is either sewage or treated water - a "shake-and-bake" kit from a home imporvement store would not reliably do that - would take a more precise test. Contact local water test lab for cost and to get a proper sample container from them - typically you have to get it to them within 6 hours for that type of test. Course, if you want them to testify that it is not groundwater then they would also have to come and actually take the sample (at the property line location dug enough to show the flow is towrds your yard from his so he can't say it is from your yard) so they can testify to provenance and chain of custody.

Another option - especially if water usage is metered and most especially if in a drought control area - is dig holes to show which way it is flowing from and then call water company about the leak and let THEM track it back to him - wastage of water (including letting a leak keep flowing) is illegal and subject to a fine in most areas.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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