Indy pool to reopen after cause of reaction found

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An Indianapolis pool where a chemical reaction sickened scores of people will reopen after inspections found both operator error and mechanical problems.

Indy Parks Deputy Director Jen Pittman said Tuesday the Garfield Park pool would reopen at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Pittman says an Indy Parks employee did not reopen a valve following a routine backwash of the pool. That set off a chain of events that allowed two pool chemicals to combine into chlorine gas and enter the pool.

She also says a leaking pipe has been repaired, broken meters have been replaced, a supply line was moved and backwash procedures have been updated.

The chemical reaction Thursday resulted in 71 people, mostly children, going to hospitals for treatment of symptoms including nausea, breathing problems and watery eyes.

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