ALBANY -- The indoor pool at the Albany Aquatic Center was shut down from Aug. 15 to 24 due to a pump motor that shorted out. The pool has now reopened, according to Albany Unified School District Superintendent Marla Stephenson.

"We lost a pump that overheated and had to be replaced," Stephenson said in an email. "We couldn't keep the pool open because we couldn't keep the pool properly chlorinated. A pump motor shorted out and it meant there was no circulation of water and the minute that happens, they have to shut down."

Stephenson said the outdoor pool was not affected.

Replacing the pump motor is not the only problem encountered in the facility, which opened 18 months ago.

There is also a mold problem in the locker rooms, according to Stephenson, but she said that had nothing to do with the closure.

"There has been a mold problem in the ladies and gentlemen's locker rooms," she said. "That is due to what we consider to be a circulation problem and we are working on that."

The Aquatic Center opened in February 2012, almost exactly four years after Albany voters passed Measure E to rebuild the pool complex originally constructed in the 1950s.

The new complex consists of an outdoor pool large enough to host swim meets and a smaller indoor pool designed for recreational swimming.

The project was beset by delays but, according to the AUSD, came in under budget. Voters approved $10 million in funding for the project.


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