City waiting on required screen system to open pool

The City of Houston is waiting for a new screen system to cover drains at its swimming pool before it can open, which make take until mid-June.

A new federal law – the Virginia Graham Baker Act – mandates the screen system. The city said the covers are not readily available, yet must be in place before the pool can open. The cost is more than $8,000.

City Administrator Larry Sutton said the pool may not open until mid-June, unless the city receives a waiver.

New pumps were installed during the winter to replace the originals. The cost was more than $50,000.

The city said it would notify the public as soon as the pool can be opened. Due to increasing costs, pool hours will change to 1 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The pool will be closed Sundays.

The pool will be available for rental most evenings and Sundays.

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