Leak repaired; pool could re-open Saturday

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Jason Smathers
Thursday, June 17, 2010
— Palmer Park Wading Pool could be open as early as Saturday after city staff repair the source of a leak that emptied 50,000 gallons of water.

Tom Malone, city management analyst, said the water leaked through a 2-foot section of failed caulking in the concrete floor. City technicians resealed the gaps Wednesday and will allow repairs to dry for two days before reopening the pool.

City Recreation Director Bonnie Davis said the pool opening might be delayed until Sunday or Monday if it rains during that time. Scattered thunderstorms have been forecast for late Thursday night and part of Friday.

Davis said a child in the pool might have removed caulking or it could have loosened through normal wear and tear.

Malone said the city performs yearly maintenance on the pool and that it was recaulked last year.

“Each year, the pool experiences some issue like this, just due to the age of the facilities,” Malone said. “There’s always some issues to work through.”

The pool is more than 70 years old, but Malone said it was the caulking that failed, not the pool itself.

City staff initially questioned whether the 50,000 gallons of water that leaked into the ground below the pool would cause any negative environmental effects, given the chemicals placed in the pool to keep it clean. However, city water treatment officials said those chemicals would be inert, meaning they do not react with any other elements or compounds. Malone said there would be no environmental impact.

Last updated: 2:03 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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