PLEASANTON – No sooner had the Pleasanton city swimming pool opened for the season than it was shut down. City officials were forced to close the pool because the pipeline that runs water through the filtration and chemical additive system was not working.
City officials expressed frustration at the closure.
City Administrator Teresa Whitaker said that it has been a problem to keep the old sand-filter system running. She said that once the public works crew gets it working, something else causes it to malfunction.
Because water from the pool can’t be drawn into the filter and have chemicals added, it quickly becomes murky, she said. She said that the city has been unable to find a person that is knowledgeable enough about the city’s type of pool to keep it going.
Whitaker said workers were sure what was stopping up the line, even suggesting that a turtle might have found its way into the system and got stuck.
In a statement during city council meeting on Monday, June 6, Mayor Mike Frisbie noted that the pool is nearly 60 years old and at the end of its expected life.
“Public Works has been able to keep it going, but for how long?” he asked. “We are at the point where we need to start considering the next step – life beyond the current pool.”
“I don’t have a solution, but it’s important that the city has a city pool available for use by the community,” he added.