News to Use Podcast Transcript: June 2, 2009

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for June 2, 2009. Coming up, get your swimming pool ready for summer without harming the environment, find out about your last chance to get ready for the digital television transition and learn about local neighborhood plant clinics.

Every spring, large quantities of swimming pool water are discharged directly into storm drains and streams when pools are drained and flushed after maintenance and prior to the new swimming season. Improperly discharged pool water can impact the environmental health of streams and has resulted in fish kills; stream bank erosion; and damage from flooding of personal property.

In a typical spring, county officials respond to several localized fish kills that result from improperly discharged pool water. Pumping large amounts of stagnant, oxygen-deficient water directly into a stream or storm drain may kill fish and aquatic insects that inhabit the stream system. Rapidly discharged water from pools can also cause erosion of the stream bed and banks.

To help minimize these impacts:

  • De-chlorinate the water by allowing it to stand untreated for at least 7 days
  • Ensure that the water is at a neutral pH of about 7
  • Remove excess sediment and leaves from the water
  • Make sure the discharged water will not flood your basement or your neighbors’ property.
  • Discharge the water, over a grassy area, to help slow it down and aerate it, and ensure that it does not enter a storm drain or stream directly
  • Discharge the water at a slow rate so it does not cause erosion

For more information, call Fairfax County Stormwater Management at 703-324-5500 or visit

The Digital Television Transition is scheduled to take place on June 12.  Consumers holding expired $40 coupons for the purchase of a digital television converter box, or whose coupons have been lost, may request replacement coupons if 90 days have passed since the coupons were originally mailed to you. Requests must be made by July 31 at or 888-388-2009. Coupons will arrive within two weeks and will expire after 90 days or by Sept. 30, whichever comes first. For assistance in applying for a coupon, or if you need advice by phone about installing converter boxes and antennas, call the Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection (DCCCP) “DTV Answer Line,” 703-324-5900 and leave a message; your call will be returned by the next business day.

Free workshops throughout the month of June will teach Fairfax County residents tips and strategies for top-notch results in their home gardens.  The workshops are sponsored and led by the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization of volunteers who receive training under the auspices of the Virginia and Fairfax County Cooperative Extension offices. Master gardeners provide research-based horticultural information, tips, techniques and advice to home gardeners in the community.  

Plant clinics are held in various locations throughout the county during the months of May through September.  For locations and more information go to

That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  



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