Correcting pipe problem was a matter of principle
- Jessie Kirk
- SW Connection - News
Some controversy surrounded Wilson Pool last year when it was drained in September and the parks department discovered that the chlorinated water was winding up in Stephens Creek.
The pool, located in Hillsdale on the property for Wilson High School, was remodeled last year. The pool now has a six-lane lap pool with diving board and a separate family leisure pool with a current channel and slides, one of which is shaped like a frog. The pool opened last June. It wasn't until after the pool closed for the winter season and the pool was emptied that it was discovered that the water was draining into Stephens Creek.
Though officials found that the water wasn't contaminating the creek, it was still a matter of concern for many neighbors as well as the parks department, according to Richard Bosch, the project manager.
'The second we discovered it, we stopped draining it,' he said.
The parks department began work to fix the problem during the pool's off-season. When the pool opened this season on June 19, the problem had been fixed, giving peace of mind to many local residents.
According to Bosch, the problem began because the sewers were improperly labeled and the parks department didn't realize the problem because the pool is on the school district's property and is not maintained by parks.
Though the water wasn't harmful, representatives from the parks department decided the water needed to be realigned to the sewer.
'As a matter of principle, we took to fix the problem,' Bosch said.
They created a diagram of the dedicated sanitary sewer and made the necessary connections once they verified their updated plans.
With the new alignment, the water now flows to the sewer instead of into the watershed, according to Bosch.
The cost of the project was relatively inexpensive because they connected the pipes to an existing sewer. With a contractor still under contract and money left over from the initial pool project, fixing the sewer problem was considered a simple, yet important project.
The Wilson Pool is managed by Portland Parks and Recreation and is open now until Sept. 4. For information on programs and for opening and closing times, please call 503-823-3680.