Too hot to swim? Swimmers raise money to cool Northwest Pool

Ramsey Pool installed aerators to keep the water cool. Swimmers at Northwest Pool want to install aerators there, too. CONTRIBUTED

Ramsey Pool installed aerators to keep the water cool. Swimmers at Northwest Pool want to install aerators there, too. CONTRIBUTED

 

A flying leap into cold water can make a hot summer day bearable, but sometimes the neighborhood pool feels more like a hot tub than an oasis.

Two Austin lap swimmers are trying to keep one city pool a little chillier by raising money to purchase aerators for it. The aerators – pumps that suck up pool water and spray it into the air – can lower pool temperature by as much as 10 degrees.

That’s significant, when you consider that the temperature of most Austin pools will reach 90 degrees by June. Warmer water breeds bacteria, and means more chemicals are needed to keep the pool sanitized. Plus, a plunge into hot water just doesn’t refresh like cool water.

A Go Fund Me campaign has raised about $2,200 of the $3,800 needed to buy two aerators for the Olympic-sized swimming pool at Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park. Once purchased, the aerators will be donated to the City of Austin Aquatics Department to install, operate and maintain.

“Northwest Pool is such a great place, and you see an amazing variety of people,” said Steve Johnson, one of the swimmers spearheading the campaign. “The only thing that’s bad is how hot it gets. We really hope this will improve the enjoyment for everyone.”

The deadline to donate is April 10. To contribute, go here.

Northwest isn’t the first pool to get aerators. Ramsey Pool put in aerators last summer.

Want to get aerators for your neighborhood pool? Johnson said he’d help advise other groups interested in raising money for similar projects.

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