Another disappointment for users of the indoor pool at the Drumheller Aquaplex.
Thursday's scheduled opening of the new gradual entry pool has been delayed because of a mysterious leak that keeps the pool from filling up.
"We're losing enough water every day that it's not something we would be able to open and feel comfortable about it because we would have to be recharging the pool so often," explained Darryl Drohomerski, the town's CAO. "It's one of those things that you want to fix it before you open it to the public so that you don't have to worry about shutting it down again later if it gets any worse."
Aquaplex staff noticed late last week that water levels were not as high as they should have been. Drohomerski said they brought in their own people, along with experts from the contractor to try to find the problem.
"We've ruled out one possibility so far, but we don't know if it's something that's under the deck or something that's as simple as a valve that no-one's kept track of that's actually partially open," he elaborated. "There wasn't anybody with a smile on their face yesterday when we were all scratching our heads trying to figure out what's going on."
"It's perplexing all of us and we have some really smart people that deal with mechanical issues all the time and I know that they were stumped yesterday," he added. "We're working through it to try to figure out what the right thing is for this and fix it and move forward."
There is no new date as yet for the pool reopening. Drohomerski assures Aquaplex members thier memberships will be extended by the length of the closure.