Record-high temperatures across the region beckoned crowds to local pools but no swimmers enjoyed the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s pool last Friday and Saturday due to a broken pump.
Just before noon on Friday, as public pool hours were to begin, staff discovered that the primary pool pump and motor were not functioning properly, according to EDHCSD General Manager Brent Dennis.
“It was deemed necessary for pool water quality to shut down the system and use of the pool,” he explained.
An unidentified CSD employee said by phone later that afternoon that the pump should be fixed by that evening, but because technicians disassembled the motor and pump and took the equipment to a shop in Sacramento for repairs the pool was still closed all day Saturday even as temperatures peaked at 110 degrees.
El Dorado Hills residents Ryan and Susan Temple invited nearly two dozen people to the pool to celebrate their son’s ninth birthday on Saturday. Though they didn’t have a formal party reservation, the not knowing if the pool would be open in time had them scrambling to make other plans Friday night.
“We didn’t want to wait and see, so we moved the party to a family member’s backyard pool and the kids still had a great time,” Ryan said.
A sign remained posted on the entry gate through Saturday evening: “Pool closed due to mechanical problem.” It also stated pool passes would be honored at the Cameron Park Community Services District pool.
“While admittedly the timing was unfortunate due to the high temperatures, it was a great example of community partnership when the Cameron Park CSD offered EDHCSD pool members courtesy admission to their pool,” Dennis said.
A message was posted late Saturday afternoon on the EDHCSD website that the pump had been fixed and that regular public swim hours would be back to normal on Sunday, which made people like longtime El Dorado Hills resident Becky Brandon very happy. She had reserved a pool party on Sunday for 100 people to celebrate her daughter’s sixth birthday.
“The CSD was great about keeping me updated, but I couldn’t go to Costco to get all the food until I knew for sure we were still having the party,” she said. “They offered to honor the party at Cameron Park, but I’d have to cut my guest list.”
The El Dorado Hills Taz swim team also had luck on their side because their Saturday swim meet was already scheduled at the Folsom Aquatic Center. Taz board member Kim Ross said, “Hours and hours go into preparing for a meet, so to have to cancel it or to ask our opponent to host with such short notice would’ve been a scramble.”
Taz President Brett Jones concurred and offered a memory of when the pool was out of commission for much longer back in 2008. “We had multiple practices canceled due to pump failures. These were extended and we actually practiced elsewhere,” he recalled. “That same season there were multiple wildfires in the area and we were faced with three meet cancellations due to smoke. We did try to get creative and hold a mid-week meet but it proved to be too difficult. It is not easy to just pick up a meet that has over 500 swimmers and move it.”