July 18, 2018 09:38 PM
Repeated water quality issues have some wondering if the Webber Natural Swimming Pool in Minneapolis was worth the trouble.
It was announced Tuesday that the pool is again closed to the public. It opened 14 days late this year because of the late spring. And as of Wednesday, it's been closed 16 days due to water quality issues - meaning it's been open and usable only 19 days this summer.
The pool uses plants from a nearby pond to filter water instead of chemicals. It's currently closed due to high levels of fecal matter from wildlife, including ducks.
"They're becoming more comfortable with this pool, and we're seeing them here more often than we did last summer," said Jeremy Barrick of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Department.
There are already floating crocodile heads and reflectors meant to keep wildlife out. But the department plans to add floating fountains, coyote decoys and coyote urine around the pool.
Placing netting over the regeneration pond to keep birds out is also a possibility.
"What would the cost of some of those deterrents be," Barrick said. "That's what we're (determining) now. We're expecting it to be in the thousands of dollars, not tens of thousands of dollars."
Veronica Sierra's daughter plays tennis next to the pool.
Last summer, the players would take a dip in the pool after practice. But not this year.
"We see that the bacteria level is dangerous and we are not swimming," Sierra said.
She said it's unfortunate to see a brand-new pool shut down so regularly.
"Every week we see closing and closing," she said. "I think it's time to make a change. Turn it into chlorine so we can enjoy it. It's a short summer in Minneapolis and we need to enjoy it."
Barrick said the hope is to have some of these deterrents in place by the end of the week.
Updated: July 18, 2018 09:38 PM
Created: July 18, 2018 05:41 PM
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