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Pasco Public Pool Problems Fixed By Wednesday Afternoon By City Workers

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PASCO, Wash. - The pool maintenance nightmare in Pasco is over for the time being.

Off and on since Friday the three public pools have had to close at some point.

By three o'clock on Wednesday all three pools were open.

Last Friday, the Pasco pools officially opened, but there were maintenance breakdowns at all three.

Kurtzman pool closed Friday, but reopened on Saturday because of a failed part.

Memorial pool closed Friday and opened Tuesday due to equipment failures.

Parts were also needed for Richardson Pool.  They arrived Wednesday.

Pasco City Facility Manager Dan Dotta said that people were calling and complaining and were very upset that they weren't allow to swim.

Dotta said Richardson and Kurtzman were open in the 1960's while Memorial opened in the 1950's.

Dotta blames the problems on the age of the facilities.

Dotta said people wrongly accused them the city leaders of creating the problems on purpose, "to try and convince people that we need the bond passed...   The last thing I wanted to do is work down here this last week.  I have other things to do besides band-aid these pools."

Swimmer Patty Para said she was shocked to hear that pools were closed, "Kind of spooky at first ...   it was hard, we had to find out which one was open."

Dotta said he is relieved all of the pools are fixed.  He said this experience has been very time consuming and unexpected.