|The City of Chula Vista’s Recreation Department re-opened the Loma Verde pool Tuesday, December 23, after installing anti-entrapment drain covers mandated by a newly enacted federal law. Loma Verde closed to the public at midnight, December 19, because new drain covers were not available to install at the City’s two municipal pools. Cities across the country have been on a waiting list for the drain covers because manufacturers have been unable to keep up with the demand. Facing stiff penalties and potential liability issues, many cities like Chula Vista decided to close their pools until drain covers could be installed.
Chula Vista’s dilemma was resolved when the 10 News I-Team put in a call to Aqua Star, a San Diego based pool equipment manufacturer, for assistance. Aqua Star’s co-founder, Olaf Mjelde, donated covers that were a perfect fit for Loma Verde and Parkway pools and personally supervised the installation at both facilities – free of charge. The generous donation of the covers and labor costs represents more than $7,000 in savings to the City of Chula Vista. New compliant drain covers are mandated under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which became law December 19.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to all the media, but especially Channel 10, for drawing attention to our plight,” said the City’s Recreation director, Buck Martin. “Now that Loma Verde is open again, students, high school water polo teams and lap swimmers will have a place to swim over the holidays.”
Parkway pool is closed over the holidays for regularly scheduled maintenance. Loma Verde pool will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Special holiday hours are in effect through January 4. Call (619) 691-5081 for information.