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New pool reopens after failed water test

Managers say water is safe

Posted: June 20, 2011 - 9:55pm

The Dimond Park Aquatic Center reopened mid-day on Monday after being closed unexpectedly since Saturday.

Kathrin Millhorn, city aquatics manager, said they completed monthly required water testing on Wednesday. They heard back from the state on Saturday morning that the test failed.

“We didn’t feel like the test was accurate but we wanted to be safe,” Millhorn said. “We did a follow-up test on Saturday, in order to be compliant with state regulation we closed for the test period.”

Millhorn said the test failed because the sample showed high bacteria levels.

They tested the water again Saturday upon learning of the failure and received results back on Monday. Millhorn said they are puzzled by the failure of the first test, because Monday’s results came back with bacteria levels “way, way, way below norms.”

She said they consistently complete their water chemistry and have had no indications of problems since the new facility’s full opening this month.

“We do in fact meet the state standard,” Millhorn said. “No extra testing is required right now. The test results we got back this morning were really good. If we had a concern we wouldn’t have reopened the facility. We will continue to monitor it because it’s required by state regulations.”

The facility reopened at 3 p.m. Monday.

“We’re on our normal schedule,” Millhorn said. “The water’s good, there’s no need to be concerned. We want everyone to come back and use the facility, there are people here now.”

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