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‘Fix it correctly’: Repairs on leaking Williamsport pool underway

Work continues on the leak at the pool at Memorial Park this week. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

Splash Cove pool at Memorial Park is in the midst of getting leaks fixed as it undergoes necessary improvement renovations, a process that city officials say could take several weeks depending on what is found.

In a Facebook live video, Mayor Derek Slaughter addressed the ongoing process, stating that in the year of 2019, the pool lost an estimated 1 million gallons of water.

“We’re going to fix this and we’re going to fix it correctly,” he said. “In 2019, this leaked out somewhere in the vicinity of a million gallons of water, which is completely unacceptable,” he said.

Surrounding areas of the pool are being excavated in order to inspect the pipes, in hopes of finding the leak.

“We started to identify where some of the leaks are coming from. Right now we believe the leak is in the grass area — The pipes under the grass. What we’re hopeful for is that the leak is not under the concrete, where we have to excavate a lot of the concrete. If we have to do that, that’s what we’re going to do,” said Slaughter.

“We are uncovering the pipes to pressurize them and locate all of the leaks,” said Adam Winder, acting general manager of public works.

To do that air is pushed into them push air into them, a process that might take a couple of weeks, he said.

Slaughter said the city workers will persist so that the pool can be opened back up for the 2022 season.

“It’s progressively gotten worse over the years,” he said. “What started off as just a small leak, as with anything dealing with water, it progressively gets worse if you don’t fix it correctly and you just Bandaid it. We’re no longer just applying a Bandaid.”

On Friday, crews said they were not at the stage where they had to dig up the concrete and may not have to.

“We want to explore every avenue and that is the last resort,” Winder said.

Four employees from the department are working to find the leak, each with their own set of labor skills, including mechanical, plumbing and heavy equipment operation.

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