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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 28, 2014

Pool repairs underway

By David Hotle | Nov 12, 2012

Workers at the Washington Community Y hope to be able to “sleeve” the main drainpipe on the pool to solve the problem that has caused the pool not to be used for the last three weeks. If it doesn’t work, 35 feet of concrete may have to be removed to fix the pipe.

Executive director Becky Harkema said that the pool has issues with skimmers and the main drain, which was affecting the filtering system. She said that after much money and labor was spent cleaning the pipes, the break was discovered as workers began refilling the pool on Nov. 9.
“Our worst fears,” she said. “The location of the break is hard to place as it is somewhere under concrete and the distance of the main drain pipe is 35 feet.”

With another two-week process, the Y has moved its water exercise classes, swim lessons, swim team and general lap swimming to the Mt. Pleasant Recreational Center. Y members who wish to lap swim may do that within the Mt. Pleasant pool schedule. Members of the adult swim class can join classes at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday or at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Harkema said that on Nov. 13, she will meet with a company to see if a ‘sleeve’ can be run through the main drain to bypass the break. If it works, the pool will be open Nov. 26. If the drain is too clogged, the concrete will have to be removed for the break to be fixed.

“I know that this is an inconvenience for everyone,” Harkema said. “The pool to the Washington community is vial.”

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