When There’s No Water in the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
Have you ever wondered what really happens when the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is closed for maintenance? Except for the seven days of scheduled maintenance spread throughout the off-season, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is open every day of the year. So when the pool is closed, it’s an all-hands-on-deck, get-the-job-done day!
Staff begins draining water from Glenwood Hot Springs’ two pools the night before the scheduled closing. Because the combined pools contain over a million gallons of water, it takes 8 to 9 hours to drain! Emptying the pool is a bit more complicated than just pulling the plug out of a bathtub however. Crews dive down in the deep end and must first relieve ground water pressure via a valve before draining. If they didn’t do this, the pressure exerted by the ground water would be so great that it would actually lift up and destroy the concrete casing of the pool!
Once the pool is drained crews arrive early in the morning to get started. Regular maintenance tasks include inspecting, servicing, repairing or replacing various components and systems including heat exchangers, valves, pumps and motors, filters and the ozone tank.
Because the hot spring water is rich in minerals, it leaves behind mineral deposits that build up over time. You’ll notice it along the splash guard where it adds to the natural beauty of the pool. The minerals also have a corrosive effect on various mechanisms, and along with regular maintenance; excess or damaging mineral deposits are cleaned up on maintenance days.
Since it takes 10 hours to refill the pools, crews work tirelessly throughout the day to complete all the necessary jobs to get the pools ready to fill on time. Come opening time the next day, Glenwood Hot Springs is ready to welcome guests as usual.
Find out more about Glenwood Hot Springs Pool at www.hotspringspool.com.