Waynesboro, Pa.'s Northside pool won't open in 2002

March 25, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The drought in Pennsylvania has claimed another victim.

The Waynesboro Borough Council has voted to keep Northside Pool, the borough's municipal pool, closed for the 2002 swimming season.

The water level in the reservoir that supplies the borough's public water system has dropped to an unprecedented low because of the lack of rain, officials have said.

The summer pool season normally runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, said borough Councilwoman Vicki Jo Huff.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said the pool is visited about 20,000 times during a typical season.

There is a bright side to the closing, however.

The borough was planning a $1.1 million major renovation of the 30-year-old pool this year with state, federal and local funds. Construction was not to begin until fall.

Hamberger said the start date can be moved up with the pool closed. Borough officials will meet with the architect in early April to discuss a new construction schedule, he said.


The renovation will include resurfacing the pool, new filtration and sanitation systems, better handicapped accessibility, a new water slide and other amenities.

Huff said it takes 430,000 gallons of water to fill the pool. The water, which is left in it from the previous year, is drained.

The pool is power-washed before being refilled for the new season, she said.

Huff said water is also needed to clean bathhouses, restrooms, showers and other facilities. During the season, water is needed to replace what is lost through evaporation and splashing, she said.

At times this year the water level in the reservoir dropped more than 14 feet below the spillway. As a result, the borough council voted to give the Borough Authority, the agency that runs the water system, permission to put a water-rationing plan into effect if necessary.

The rationing plan would limit single-person households to 55 gallons per day and multiple-person households to 40 gallons per day per person.

Landlords and building owners would be responsible for their tenants' water consumption.

A first offense for water use over the rationing limit would net a fine of $18.46 and a written warning. Subsequent violations would result in fines of $27.69.

Under the plan, the Authority can cut off a user's water for up to 48 hours for repeated offenses.

Rains last week have not helped that much, officials said.

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