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Maintenance is ongoing at the Kinsmen Sportsplex main pool, which was closed on Nov. 28, 2013 because of poor water colour.
The main pool at the Kinsmen Sportsplex has reopened.
After being closed on Thursday because of a water colour issue resulting in the inability to see the bottom of the deep end of the pool, the main pool reopened on Monday at 11:30 a.m.
“We haven’t really found a specific issue. We’re still analyzing the data … to determine if there’s anything with regards to the addition of the chemicals or just changes with the additional water that we put in,” said Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation. “We were able to get the colour corrected by doing a few of our regular maintenance procedures and just allowing the filters time to work.”
He said maintenance crews did procedures such as shocking the pool with chlorine, vacuuming out particulate matter from the water and cleaning out the pool gutters.
“There are different chemicals that are used within the pool that have a bit of a residual that builds up in the pool because you’re putting something in that doesn’t totally dissolve in the water. So we use some products for alkalinity and different things like that,” said Hauta. “We’re speculating that that had some effect.”
He added further speculation is the addition of fresh water, combined with the chemicals that don’t completely dissolve, led to a different water colour that needed to be corrected.
The closure was not related to mechanical failures. Hauta said there is a possibility the issue will return like it did in the spring.
“Within the pool there’s a lot of water chemistry involved in maintaining the balance, in maintaining the clarity in the pool,” he said. “So there is a chance that we could see this happen in the future. Certainly we’re not wanting that to happen, but sometimes it’s out of your control.”
He said all regular programming resumed immediately.
“On a positive note, it was a fairly short-term closure,” said Hauta. “We’re certainly hoping that we don’t see another closure in the future with it.”
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