Pleasant Grove Swimming Pool Still Closed After Chlorine Emergency
Jun 6, 2019, 5:27 PM
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — The city’s swimming pool will remain closed indefinitely, city officials announced on Thursday, as they await the completion of an investigation by the city’s insurance adjuster.
“We were hoping to open soon but we found out this morning that the insurance adjuster that needs to come and finish their inspection won’t be able to get on site until next week,” said Scott Darrington, city administrator for Pleasant Grove.
While Pleasant Grove officials believe they know what equipment failed on the chlorine system Tuesday night that sickened more than 50 people who went to the hospital, they can’t make the needed repairs until the city’s insurance company can inspect in person.
City officials are confident they will be able to open the pool not long after that inspection, but with many pending claims for medical expenses, the city said it is following direction from the insurance carrier.
“Once the insurance adjuster does their investigation and we’ve gathered all the facts then we’ll release a statement that will explain what happened that evening and then what the city has done to fix it so it doesn’t happen in the future,” Darrington added.
All of the patients who were hospitalized had been released from the hospital by Thursday morning.
With the arrival of summer, it is a busy time at the pool and a lot of people had signed up for swimming lessons. The city says that they will be refunding the money to those who had already signed up during the closure, which is expected to be lifted sometime next week.