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4/23/2013 10:00:00 PM
Cool pool: Kiwanis donation helps Prescott YMCA replace filters
Les Stukenberg/The Daily CourierThe new sand filters in the pump room will keep the pool far cleaner.  Below, the swimming pool at the Prescott YMCA before the renovations.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
The new sand filters in the pump room will keep the pool far cleaner. Below, the swimming pool at the Prescott YMCA before the renovations.
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

Adults swam in the Prescott YMCA lap pool and preschoolers played in the small pool Tuesday afternoon near signs thanking Kiwanis Club for donations that helped make renovations including new pool filters possible.

Kids giggled and told each other to, "come on in," as YMCA Executive Director Damon Olsen pointed at the water.

"Just look at how clear that water is," Olsen said. "The filter not only keeps the water clean, but we've increased the flow so it turns it over quicker, making it cleaner so we don't use as many chemicals."

The Kiwanis Club's latest $14,447 donation helped buy parts, some labor and filter media for new pool filters, Olsen said.

"We had 15-year-old stainless-steel filters that were rusting and leaking and so it needed to be done," Olsen said. "It was their (Kiwanis Club) lead gift that helped other folks jump on board and say, 'Hey we want to help as well.' "

In the filter room, Olsen pointed out new pipes easily six times larger than the older ones. They bring in more water more quickly from the pool to the new filters.

"There's a 30-year life expectancy on these," Olsen said pointing to the new filters, which are made of fiberglass. "The new filters were so big, they had to cut a hole in the ceiling and use a crane to bring them in. They weren't going to make it around the angles of the room."

The complete overhaul of the pool will total $725,000 over several years, and in the past two years, "we've done $275,000 worth of work," Olsen said.

Last year, Kiwanis Club donated $12,000 in emergency funds to get started on repairs and remove the rusted vents over the pool, repaint the pool area, and replaster the pools, said Kathleen Gillis, Kiwanis publicity chair.

"The Kiwanis Club has been very, very, very good to this YMCA, over a long period of time," Olsen said. "We've been fortunate to have them as community partners. They are fantastic."

The next project will remove and replace the dehumidification system, and Prescott YMCA seeks businesses interested in helping, donations and volunteers to make it happen, Olsen said.

The system on the roof acts as a vent now, since no air is forced through, and more windows were added over time to increase airflow.

"The system is designed to take out all of the pool area air and introduce new outside air to help keep humidity down and purify the air better," Olsen said.

The pool was closed from mid-December through early February while repairs were made, but further renovations will not close the pool, Olsen said.

The pool has an open thatt swim kids flock to, classes ranging from swim lessons to scuba, and hosts Prescott High School swim team practices and meets. At the end of May, they will host a water safety week.

"Years ago when they designed the pool, they had all the key players involved," Olsen said. "They wanted to make sure it was a community pool."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: @community pool -

Go up. Pay a few bucks and go swimming. That's all. Give it a try, you don't have to be male, christian or a member.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: Community Pool

What exactly makes this a "community pool"? You have to join the YMCA to swim in it don't you? A true community pool you can just come up to, pay a few bucks and swim in it. There are no up front costs or monthly fees.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: YMCA Could Really Benefit From a UV Sanitation System

Many states already mandate the use of UV systems to sanitize commercial swimming pools. Arizona may well follow, and with good reason. The systems, which have long been utilized to purify drinking water, use ultraviolet light to kill organisms in pool water, This radically reduces the amount of chlorine needed to small, residual levels and causes far fewer contaminants to be released into the air. Swimmers are not exposed to the UV light, which is contained within the system through which the water is pumped. I've researched UV systems, which are increasingly available for home swimming pools, and would love to see a commercial unit installed at our YMCA. The improvement in pool water and indoor air quality would be immediate and remarkable. A quick Google search yields many well-known companies that are selling these, so sourcing wouldn't be a problem. I don't swim at the Y, but it is our community pool, and I think this would be a great fundraising objective for some of us in the community to spearhead. And great job on the filter upgrade. Well done!

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: G G

IThis is why I spend so much $$$$ on the Kiawanis Auction every year. What a great bunch of people that REALLY go out and help the community.

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