West U Rec. Center Pool Up and Running After being Closed for Repairs
The West U Recreation Center pool is back up and running after being closed since Monday for repairs.
The pool resumed its normal operational schedule this morning.
All swim lessons and other aquatic programs that were moved to Colonial Pool will be moved back to the Rec. Center pool beginning today at their regularly scheduled times.
“We would like to thank the residents of West University Place for being patient while staff worked to resolve the issue and apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused,” the city said in a statement.
City staff noticed that the pool motor failed on Monday and closed the pool until the further notice. The pool motor chemically treats, circulates and heats the pool water and the failure made it unsafe for swimmers.
City officials said the failure was completely unforeseen and measures were taken so this type of failure will not happen in the future.
Parks and Recreation Director Tim O’Connor said that a new motor was shipped from Chicago and was installed on Wednesday night. The pool was back up and running this morning.
“I think we did a really good job of adjusting,” he said. “It was nothing more than an inconvenience.”
The city made arrangements at Colonial Pool, Rice University and University of Texas so swimmers would still be able to get in their workouts while the Rec. Center pool was closed.
The failed motor has been repaired and will be used as backup in the future, O’Connor said.
The pool motor was no longer under warranty and cost $5,000 for the motor, shipping and installation.