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Water quality problems not affecting city pool

Monday, July 9, 2007

Several pools in Terre Haute have closed recently with high bacteria levels and various water quality problems. In Brazil, however, that hasn't been the case.

"We haven't had a bad water sample this year," Forest Park pool co-manager Addie Brown said. "We check our levels three times a day, and hand deliver our water samples weekly. So far, we've had absolutely no problems with water quality."

In fact, the lifeguards have been talking about how clear and clean the water is. A clogged chlorine filter was cleaned early in the summer, and they haven't had chemical problems either.

"Our priority at the pool is to provide a safe environment for families," City Parks Board President Ruthann Jeffries said. "Our managers are working managers, they take pride in doing such a great job taking care of the pool."

Water problems aside, Brown said they have had some unusual issues this year.

Rowdy juveniles and juvenile smoking outside the pool property, are some issues which the park board intends to discuss at the next City Parks Board meeting July 11.

"Because of the situations that juveniles sometimes get into, the police do frequent drive-by's. We have had to address the issue of young kids coming in and out to smoke and swim," Brown said. "We've put up temporary rules about this issue until the board decides what to do officially."

These rules limit leaving the pool and re-entering without paying admission again unless they have a pool pass, and to leave to smoke, you must be 18.

"This has cut down on some of the smoking, and the rowdiness doesn't bother us in the pool area, " Brown said.

"Even after these small issues, we still have had a great year so far. I think it's been one of the best summers we've ever had."

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