Rec Center Pool Up And Running After Being Shut Down For Mechanical Issues

April 28, 2010

The West University Place Recreation Center pool is up and running after being shut down because of a mechanical issue.

The pool started having problems on Friday when the pump failed, Recreation Manager Brittany Bakes said. The pump issue was resolved and then the pool had a chemical failure on Saturday.

“We got it fixed fairly quickly, but the pool was cloudy,” Bakes said.

The ramifications from the chemical problem took more time to deal with, she said.

“It’s always stressful when you have something you don’t expect and it’s out of your control,” she said. “We’re going through growing pains; it’s like when you build a new home and you have contractors coming in and out.”

The pool was back up and running Tuesday afternoon.

When asked for his comment on the Rec Center Pool issue, Mayor Bob Kelly sent InstantNewsWestU a letter from Parks and Recreation Director Tim O’Connor and said “I adopt as my comments on the situation.” The full text of the letter reads as follows:

“The new West University Place Recreation Center opened to residents on April12.  As with any new construction, there are expected to be “wrinkles,” especially when commercial swimming pools are involved, and the city staffs job is to “iron them out.” 

The indoor pool has experienced issues involving the fine tuning of the heating, filtration and circulation systems. While these specific issues were not caused by staff oversight, they did cause the indoor pool to be taken out of operation beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 26 until 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, April 27.  

I wish I could promise that there will be no future issues, but that simply would not be realistic.  The pool mechanical system is comprised of multiple state of the art components that must work in concert with one another and several of these components, specifically the automated controls, chemical injection systems and complex filtration systems are not completely cooperating with one other.   The good news is that the facility is under warranty and the costs associated with the issues we are dealing with are completely covered and staff has informed City Council that the problems we are facing should be very close to being completely resolved.

We regret any inconvenience caused to our resident members and hope that they will continue to demonstrate the patience and understanding they have to date.

Please note that citizens may e-mail any of their questions, comments or concerns to and staff will provide them with a prompt response.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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