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By Caitlin R. King
For the last two weeks, the Calhoun Swimming Pool has been closed to the public. For many years, the pool has suffered from an unknown number of leaks that the Calhoun Community Swimming Pool Association (CCSPA) has been able to manage without much issue. However, this summer, the leaks have gotten worse.
To help the CCSPA cover the costs of maintenance at the pool, Patrick Simon started a fundraiser on Facebook on June 26. Simon’s original goal was $1,000, but the community has come together and raised a whopping $8,195 for the CCSPA.
According to CCSPA President, Dick Lieber, the money raised will be used “wherever the pool needs it, and right now it’s going toward increased chemical costs.”
The leaks have progressed far enough that the pool loses “around a third of its water every day,” and, as a result, needs to be refilled daily. It’s this refilling that is to blame for the pool’s closure.
“The water needs to be treated. Hardin’s water has higher levels of iron and manganese, which affects the color of the water,” Lieber said.
The pool water itself is safe to swim in, but the “unattractive color” of the water means that lifeguards are unable to see the bottom of the pool, so they cannot have swimmers in the pool until the water clears up.
Unfortunately for the CCSPA, the high rate of water turnover makes this difficult, but they are working to open the pool back up soon.
“We’ve replaced one of our filters and have made changes to improve the quality of the water. We don’t know how many leaks the pool has or where they are. We had lifeguards in the pool looking for them this morning,” Lieber said Monday afternoon.
“As soon as we know where the leaks are, we’ll do whatever we can to fix them,” Lieber said.
As of now, there is no projected date for the pool’s reopening. For more information about the Calhoun Swimming Pool, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/calhounpool.