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Discolored water forces pool to close

June 01, 1998

HALFWAY - Iced tea-colored water in the Halfway Park Swimming Pool forced county Recreation and Parks employees to close the pool to swimmers on Saturday.

When county employees arrived at the pool at 11 a.m. Saturday, they found the normally clear water was brown, said Ron Kidd, Recreation and Parks director.

Workers found six packages of dye, similar to the kind used to color hair or shoes, in the 25-meter swimming pool, where someone had placed them Friday night or Saturday morning, Kidd said.

Other than removing the dye packages, workers could do little more than let the filtering system clean the water all day Saturday, Kidd said.

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Halfway residents who planned to take a dip on the 90-degree day had to find other ways to keep cool.

Halfway's pool reopened Sunday, Kidd said.

The incident was reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Kidd said someone may have climbed over the fence or thrown the dye packages over the fence and into the pool.

Although vandals have struck at the Halfway pool in the past, Kidd said this was the first time it had to be closed.

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