Many of you are aware that the pool has been closed for the past week. (Very, unfortunately, the hottest week of the year!!) In order to operate a pool like ours, we have to submit water samples to a lab for testing weekly. Our water has always been spot on, but in the last few weeks, we have had issues with one marker that the health department checks: Heterotrophic Bacteria. Heterotrophic bacteria itself poses no risk to humans, however, it is an indicator that the water COULD support other problems such as ecoli (although our ecoli test results were clear). Throughout the week, one of the board members who oversees pool operations spent hours and hours cleaning, scrubbing, filling, and shocking the pool to get the test results we needed. He was able to get the water back to acceptable test levels, but not until Thursday, and the process with the lab and health department takes 48 hours, unfortunately putting us to today (Monday the 22nd) before the health department will be open again to give us the ‘all clear’. We have continued to monitor the water purity and have had a local pool company continue to tell us the levels are good, we’re just waiting on the county and hope to be back up and running ASAP.
We’ll take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and remind everyone that the pool belongs to all of us that are homeowners in the Meridian Woods Park community. Aside from the paid lifeguards and their summer manager, the pool is overseen by a volunteer board member. If any of you community members have experience working with pools, even a residential pool or hot tub or know someone who does, and would be willing be part of a small team of volunteers to help navigate these kinds of issues, please send us a message. We really hope in the next year to build some teams within the neighborhood to help take care of and manage the things that make our community great!