On Monday morning, the pool was more than halfway full. When Woodall spoke to The Cadiz Record that afternoon she said she had not been aware of that, but was happy to hear it. She said she had been told the water would be pumped at capacity, but that there hadn’t been any extra water because of how dry it has been lately. The pool’s capacity is 365,000 gallons and generally takes 48 hours to fill if water is pumped continuously, she said.
“Even if we had been ready to open two weeks ago, we couldn’t have because there wasn’t enough water,” Woodall said.
Woodall said it been difficult to get the pool ready on time and that there have plenty of small obstacles. This year, a water heater needed to be installed and a couple of filters needed to be replaced. Shortly after Memorial Day, there was still some patchwork and pressure washing to be done, but Woodall said the pool itself had been ready to go except for the problem of not being able to fill it right away.
Woodall said she would likely check the pool later Monday afternoon and would add the necessary chemicals when it became full. When she could do that would depend on whether the pumping was continuous, though. Once the pool is filled, it must be treated with chlorine within 24 hours or algae will start to grow, she said.
Once the pool is treated with chlorine, the water has to sit for three to five days to get the proper pH balance, Woodall said. The health department then has to inspect it and approve it to open.
Another thing the health department will have to inspect is the new sink and hot water heater. The facilities must have the sink and hot water before it can open. Woodall said that if water were continuously pumped into the pool, it would open to the public by the end of the weekend or the beginning of next week at the earliest.
Find out more about the pool's plans to open in your Cadiz Record.