Parks and Recreation Department Director Jim Protiva says the basement area has been fully pumped out and an assessment of the damage is underway. Protiva confirms that there was no chlorine detected in the water that leaked into the basement. The water that drained out was at .07 parts per million. The water in the pool normally is kept at 1.5 to 3.0 parts per million. Therefore the spilled water posed no hazard. Protiva added that the chlorine stored in the basement was safely sealed in strong plastic buckets. There was no leakage from the buckets into the water.
An equipment failure at the Newport Municipal Pool caused the pool to substantially drain at around 4:10 this morning, flooding the basement equipment room to the level of the rear doors which allowed some water to escape the building and down a nearby hillside. Since the basement water inundated an area where chlorine is present, Public Works Director Tim Gross quickly inspected how far the water had progressed down hill. He said the water did not reach a creek that flows into Big Creek. The water is now being pumped by the fire department out of the basement and into the city’s sewer system for treatment. None of the basement pool water in has reached any open waterway, according to Gross.
The fire department is on scene to begin accelerating the pumping out of the basement area. It contains all of the pool’s electrical and mechanical equipment. It’s all underwater. Gross said everything will have to be dried out and inspected. Pumps will have to be pulled, dried, and regreased. Total time of pool closure is unknown. “Days,” said Gross. Parks and Recreation Department Director Jim Protiva said the incident comes at a bad time, since trying to mobilize a repair crew on a Friday is hard since outside labor will be required, and Monday is a holiday.
A news release from the Parks and Recreation Department says the pool is closed until further notice. They say when further information is available more news releases will be issued to local news media. Anyone needing additional information should call Parks and Recreation Department Jim Protiva at 541-265-4855.