The Aquatics Center was indefinitely closed on Friday, July 23, due to a shortage of chlorine nationwide. An expected shipment of chlorine never arrived, and the Aquatics Center pools were closed to keep the water clean and free from algae and mosquitos.
There are two main reasons for the short supplies, including high demand during the pandemic for pool use and a fire at a plant that manufactures the chemicals. The City’s pools use liquid chlorine, which is held in a 1,000-gallon tank. It takes about 10 days to exhaust a full tank. The shipment is now expected to arrive this week. However, with supplies extremely limited, it is unclear if enough chlorine will arrive to reopen the pools and there is no guarantee of additional deliveries. Chlorine use is at its peak during the summer as temperatures rise and the number of people using the pool increases requiring more chlorine.
The City will keep pool users up to date. A freeze on yearly and monthly pool memberships is in effect through at least Aug. 8. If membership permitted use of the fitness center, it will continue to be available. Swim lessons will be canceled, and fees refunded.
The City thanks the community for its patience.