Janesville's city pools are starting to open for the summer.

Swimmers can first take the plunge into Rockport Pool. Recreation Director Bonnie Davis says Rockport's main pool opened Monday and the wading pool is scheduled to open Tuesday. She anticipates Palmer and Riverside wading pools will open next week.

The opening has been delayed as Janesville works to be in compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Act, a safety measure designed to prevent accidents caused by strong suction from a pool's drain. Davis says Janesville is one of the only cities in Wisconsin to be in compliance with the law now. She says fewer than 50 pools--which include hotels, schools and waterpark pools--are in compliance in Wisconsin. Pools must be in compliance by the end of the year.

Davis says the designs from an aquatic engineer needed to be approved by the state. Some of the grates to be used on the pool drains aren't manufactured yet, since the law is so new.

Davis says she couldn't fill the pools without approval from the state, and that also made opening a challenge.

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