Pump skimmer basket water electrified


Active member
Jul 3, 2015
I have never sensed any electricity in my pool water prior to today as I was cleaning the skimmer basket of the pump itself. The water inside the pump shocked me pretty good a few times.

I read the thread that talked about water in the pool shocking as a result of the bonding wire not being properly connected or corroded. I just find it odd that I’ve never felt this around the pool. However I was really well grounded as I was standing in bare feet next to the pump.

Does anyone have an idea of the plan of action to take care of this?


Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
May 11, 2014
Franklin, NC
First, a little more information on your pool would help. Please edit your signature and add the following information so we can better frame our answers to you.

  • List what test kit you use to test your water
  • The size of your pool in gallons
  • If your pool is an AG (above ground) or IG (in ground)
  • If it's IG, tell us if it's vinyl, plaster/pebble, or fiberglass
  • The type filter you have (sand, DE, cartridge)
  • If you know, tell us the make and model of your pump and filter.
  • List any other equipment you have: SWG, second pump, etc.
  • Please mention if you fill the pool from a well or are currently on water restrictions

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Costas > DownUnder

Bronze Supporter
Dec 17, 2017
Adelaide | Australia
If you copped a fairly strong shock from the water then it may possibly be quite a dangerous current/voltage situation.

It is also possible for the issue to be localised at the pump and not present over by the pool.


Active member
Jul 3, 2015
OK guys. Thank you so much for helping.

First of all, the measure voltage in the water within the pump is around 5v.

There are two copper bonding wires connected to the pump. One goes into the ground and the other seems like it was poked into the ground and left. The pad used to have a heater, so maybe that wire used to connect the heater to the pump????

I’m thinking that I should just discard that extra wire, assuming it’s normal to only have one bonding wire into the ground and then clean the contact pump-to-bonding wire connection and re test the voltage in the water. How does that sound?


Gold Supporter
May 16, 2010
Chapel Hill, NC
The various components of the pool (pump, heater, light, beam. shell) should all be bonded independently and then to a common earth point. Sounds like the light or the pool bonding has failed if you're getting zapped from the water. I doubt cleaning the pump contacts will change anything but give it a try and report back.


Active member
Jul 3, 2015
Sure enough. Leslie’s installer did a horrible job of connecting the wiring to my new variable speed pump. I took everything apart, replaced all the conduit and inspected everything and then simply found the pump connection was causing the problem. Thanks all.