City readies pools for summer swimming season

Posted at: 05/03/2013 6:22 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Pools across Albuquerque will soon be completely open to the public. In preparation, pool staff have been working to get each pool sanitized and ready for the crowds.

Because outdoor pools must sit full of water during the winter months to avoid cracking of the lining, the water becomes full of algae and may turn green.

Pool staff drain the pools and scrubs the lining with an assortment of chemicals in late April and May.

Once the pool is refilled, the water goes through a treatment process to be become ready for the public.    

Most indoor pools use ultra-violet light to enhance the sanitation of the water.

"It's going to kill 99.9 percent of the bacteria and allow the chlorine to work much more effectively," said Brandon Gibson, City of Albuquerque Aquatics Manager.

The water runs through a piping system that shines the UV light on the water every 2.5 hours.

Pool staff warn swimmers that if they are experiencing stomach pains, nausea, or diarrhea they should not enter into the water.

Click here for more information on City of Albuquerque pools and hours of recreation swimming.