Guam swimmers not happy with pool closure

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The Agana Pool was closed so that the Guam Environmental Protection Agency can perform water quality tests.

The public pool in Agana has had its share of problems throughout the past couple of years ranging from leaks to a faulty filtration system.

And now it’s been closed again until further notice.

According to a release issued last night by Parks and Rec director Richard Ybanez, the Agana Pool was closed so that the Guam Environmental Protection Agency can perform water quality tests.

Ybanez says that Parks and Rec sought Guam EPA’s assistance to ensure that the pool is safe to swim in. He stressed that the safety of pool patrons is of the utmost priority.

However, not everyone is pleased with the pool being closed yet again. Ed Ching, head coach of Manhoben Swim Club and president of the Guam Swimming Federation, says problems are occurring too frequently, preventing his team from training.

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“We can’t train at the pool. It has really affected us in the Pacific Games,” Ching said.

The press release does not indicate why safety is an issue or what prompted the request for testing, or how long the pool will be closed. It did say the public will be advised when the pool is ready to be reopened.

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