You Gotta FIGHT, for your RIGHT, to SWIIIMMM!
"The funding isn't there. That's the reality of it," said Mike Conway, city spokesperson. It's the second year in a row that all three of Merced's city pools will remain closed to the public, officials say. That's frustrating some Merced residents, as summer is fast approaching and there's concern about what kids will do once schools let out.
And it's not just happening in Merced, California, it's a national issue, affecting swimmers from Chicago to Fort Worth. Public pools are no longer a guaranteed amenity provided by local schools and governments.
CPSC Approves Unblockable Extension
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is extending by one year the deadline for retrofitting unblockable drains in public pools.
In 2010, the CPSC determined that an unblockable drain cover could be installed over a smaller sump to comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. But last September, the group reversed itself, requiring that the sumps also meet certain dimensional and flow criteria.