Team effort is solving pool temps problem

Soakers in the overlook pool enjoyed the 103 degree temperature on Wednesday, up from the average of the past week. Although water temperatures at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool aren't reaching ideal levels, the city, designer and construction companies behind the recent renovation are working together to solve the problem.

Plaindealer photo by Beecher Threatt

by Beecher Threatt

Temperatures in the new Ouray Hot Springs pools have not met goals since cooler weather arrived, and the city, designer and construction companies are working diligently to correct the problem, City Resource Director Rick Noll said on Monday.
That morning, pool designer Cloward H2O, contractor FCI Constructors and subcontractor The Pool Company reached agreement on what would be done, who would do it and who will pay for it.
“I want to reassure everybody that this will be resolved. We have the same water source and the same number of BTUs (as before the renovation),” Noll said. “It’s a very complex system and it’s one of a kind. We are all, between city administration, the pool staff, the designer and the construction people, still meeting every week and we are working on this.”
The normally year-round pool closed a year ago for a $9 million renovation and reopened in May with the shallow and hot pools available. All pools were open by July 4, and temperatures met targets, although some operational problems were observed over the summer.
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