Southwest Pool closed until tomorrow; city cites ‘contamination’

West Seattle’s only city-run indoor pool, Southwest Pool, is closed until tomorrow morning, says Seattle Parks, which just sent this announcement:

Seattle Parks and Recreation has closed Southwest Pool, 2801 SW Thistle St., for the rest of the day because of contamination that could not be contained. In compliance with State of Washington health regulations, Parks is taking these routine steps to ensure the pool water is clean and safe for public use:

· Elevating chlorine levels
· Disinfecting all pool surfaces
· Using the pool’s ultraviolet disinfectant system as a supplemental effort

Parks and Recreation apologizes for the inconvenience to pool users and will reopen the pool at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, July 25.

We have a few followup questions out to Parks; we also asked about a report that Hiawatha wading pool was closed for a while today, and Parks spokesperson Dewey Potter tells WSB that was because of broken glass (second time in less than three weeks), which has been cleaned up, and Hiawatha’s pool reopened at 2:30 pm.

13 Replies to "Southwest Pool closed until tomorrow; city cites 'contamination'"

  • Cheryl July 24, 2013 (5:25 pm)

    No word on WHAT the contamination was?

  • Lisa July 24, 2013 (8:00 pm)

    They could not contain the contamination, what type of contamination are we talking about?

    • WSB July 24, 2013 (8:17 pm)

      I didn’t get the details before close of business. Haven’t been feeling too good myself (it happens on occasion) the past few hours (no, I hadn’t been swimming!) and went to sleep for a while. – TR

  • Mike July 24, 2013 (8:11 pm)

    Anyone ever see Caddyshack?

  • Maggie July 24, 2013 (8:52 pm)

    Hope you feel better soon, Tracy!

    • WSB July 24, 2013 (9:18 pm)

      Thank you, Maggie.

  • trickycoolj July 24, 2013 (9:06 pm)

    Lots of crud going around my office nasty chest colds and stomach bugs. Fighting a fever in an already 75-80 degree house is crappy.

  • Fed up July 24, 2013 (9:07 pm)

    Lol Mike.

  • BMC July 24, 2013 (10:23 pm)

    What about some parasitic stomach bug hitting other states (so far)?|main5|dl1|sec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D348709

  • m July 24, 2013 (11:32 pm)

    My son has been in the pool there every morning this week (including today) for Swim Team practice. This is the first I’ve heard about it and I’m wondering whether I should let him go in the morning or not. Would be nice if they would be more forthcoming with information.

    On another note, take time for rest and recuperation, Tracy. Never can figure out how you all maintain the schedule you do!

  • Boo July 25, 2013 (9:45 am)

    Any idea of the issue yet?

  • Ms. Sparkles July 25, 2013 (2:52 pm)

    Per my daughter who was there with the Hiawatha Day Camp and waiting her turn at the high dive when it happened, Mike is right, it was a Caddyshack moment – poo came floating out of someone’s shorts in the pool.

    I guess they couldn’t “contain” it because it was already in the water? I sure hope someone fished it out with a net…and then bleached the net.

  • Athena July 25, 2013 (3:01 pm)

    I would love to know what the issue is as well. My children caught Norovirus on Friday the 12th after week long swim lessons. I am certain that this is where they got it because the week of swim lessons- we did little else and my youngest has not quite learned the art of not getting too much water in the mouth. We are supposed to start swim lessons again next week and I am scared to death to go back. My youngest son had the virus so badly- it took over a week for him to recover. He lost several pounds and we ended up at Children’s because he was severely dehydrated. When I called the pool to ask questions and/or to give them a “heads up” the gal on the phone was not helpful. I hope we hear something soon. I am inclined to stay away from the swimming pools and wading pools until these things ease up a bit. It was torture last week!!!

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