Broken heater re-shutters Emma Hood
Alameda school district officials have closed Emma Hood Swim Center once again, this time due to a broken pool heater. District officials said they expect the pools to remain closed for about three weeks while the problem is fixed.
Chief Business Officer Robert Shemwell said in a written pool update Monday that the city will pay the estimated $15,000 cost of the repairs and that city staff have begun contracting out the work.
“We know that this is an inconvenience to all pool users and want to assure you that the repair will be completed as quickly as possible,” Shemwell wrote.
Separately, Shemwell said the district is still waiting to hear back from county environmental health officials about the district’s plan to fix pools at the still-shuttered Encinal Swim Center. District officials had hoped those pools could reopen by the end of January.
The district abruptly closed both swim centers on October 15 when officials learned they were out of compliance with state and federal regulations requiring drain covers, a move that outraged Alameda’s swimmers. Emma Hood Swim Center reopened on November 1, but Encinal Swim Center has yet to reopen.