Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, whirlpools have been one of the hotspots in specialist retail showrooms. If you wanted something like this, you had to put up with long waiting times and spend a lot of money: the better the insulation, the more expensive it is, and the lower the power consumption for regular heating up in continuous operation. Since the beginning of September, the hot tubs have had to stay cold.

Private pools, whether indoors or outdoors, are no longer allowed to be heated with gas and electricity. This is what the federal government wants in its “Ordinance on securing the energy supply via short-term measures (short-term energy security ordinance – EnSikuV)”. The energy saving plan – which also includes other “measures” – is initially valid until the end of February 2023. Commercially used pools in hotels and wellness facilities – like therapeutic hot water pools – are not subject to a ban, according to the regulation.

So the current question is: where to put the water? As long as it is pure tap water in the pool, maybe there is nothing wrong with draining it into the garden? Should one believe.

But in Berlin, pool water always has to be drained off via the dirty or combined sewer system. “According to paragraph 4 of the general conditions for drainage in Berlin, the discharge of waste water from swimming pools and pools with fountains would require approval,” says a spokeswoman for Berliner Wasserbetriebe on request. However, the paragraph only refers to larger stationary swimming pools and facilities. “Wastewater from garden pools and mobile children’s pools may be discharged into the public sewer system via the house sewage system without permission.”

However, companies such as “Whirlpool