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Kingsport's Legion Pool to be closed for repairs; facility leaks 95,000 gallons a day

June 22nd, 2012 1:57 pm by Matthew Lane

Kingsport's Legion Pool to be closed for repairs; facility leaks 95,000 gallons a day

Legion Pool is leaking water. A lot of water. In fact, more than 95,000 gallons a day. To put that figure into perspective, the City of Kingsport is having to re-fill the 37-year-old pool about every five and half a days. David Grace photo.

Legion Pool is leaking water. A lot of water. In fact, more than 95,000 gallons a day. To put that figure into perspective, the City of Kingsport is having to re-fill the 37-year-old pool about every five and half a days.

Beginning Monday and continuing through Wednesday, Legion Pool will be closed in order for the City of Kingsport to repair the pipe where the massive leaking is taking place, said Chris McCartt, assistant to the city manager.

"Unfortunately, it would appear that we are dealing with multiple leaks,” McCartt said. "Since the first of June our Parks and Recreation Staff, along with members of our Water Department, have been working to locate a major water leak at Legion Pool.

"The leak has been identified as coming from a major water line in the pump room at Legion Pool. Due to the location of the leak it is imperative that staff repair that line as quickly as possible."

McCartt said the process for repairing the leak will require staff to drain the pool approximately 6 feet and once drained, a welder will attempt to weld the pipe. If the repairs are successful, Legion Pool will reopen on Thursday, June 28.

If unsuccessful, the pipe must be removed and replaced. In the worse case scenario of actually digging up pipes, McCartt said Parks and Recreation staff believe the pool can still be made operational again by July 4th.

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