Franklin Pool closed for repairs after pump house floods
Published 9:53 am Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Elizabethton Franklin Pool will be closed until David Nanney, Elizabethton Parks and Recreation athletic supervisor and pool coordinator, can fix some electrical and mechanical issues in the pump house.
Nanney is unsure exactly when the pool will be open again.
“It’s possible that it would be reopened Saturday,” Nanney said. “Hopefully we will have it open again by the weekend.”
The pool’s chlorinator lid cracked and water flooded the pump house sometime after the pool closed Monday, Nanney said.
“The pump motor now has to dry out before we restart the pump,” he said. “It has to be completely dried out because it will damage the motor.”
A large fan and heater were brought in to expedite the process.
“We’re working on it,” he said. “We’ve got blower fans and heaters on the motor to get it dried out.”
The next step will be to chlorinate the pool again.
“The pool will die,” he said. “I’ll lose all chlorination and that means I’ll have to shock it again. That will take a little while, too.”
Nanney had to cancel appointments with a few organizations like Coalition for Kids and Girls Inc. that book the pool for use.
Even though it might be hard to do with daily 90-degree weather, a little patience will be required from public.
“If we don’t wait to make sure the pump is dry, there’s a possibility that we wouldn’t have a pool for an even longer period of time,” he said. “It’s just one of those things. We just have to wait it out.”