‘Old but functioning’-A A +A
Thursday, October 3, 2013
AFTER a foreigner came to complain about the pool, the management of the Cebu City Sports Center wanted to assure everyone that while old, the aquatic center still functions like a well-oiled machine.
This week, a British came to the Cebu City Sports Center pool to complain that the pool is “not safe” as the water is not clear.
Roger Kelly is a 70-year-old retired businessman from the United Kingdom, whose passion is to swim, visited the pool last week to swim. He said he was disappointed when he swam and the water was not clear at all.
“In a normal setting, one should be able to see the line of black tiles that will guide the swimmer from one end of the pool to the other end. This line ends with a cross that warns the swimmers that they are already at the end. But at your sports center, you can’t even see your foot at the shallow end of the pool. It is very dangerous,” said Kelly. “And I haven’t even tested the bacterial levels yet.”
The pool was built for the 1994 Palarong Pambansa hosting.
Ricky Ballesteros, the manager of the sports center said Kelly came when it they were treating the pool that is why the water was not clear.
“We were treating the pool because we will be hosting a tournament this weekend. He came at a bad time. The water was not clear because chemicals were just put into the water,” said Balleteros.
Kelly, a competitive swimmer in his younger years and an underwater hockey player, said he thinks the pool’s filtering system seems to be having a problem.
“I had to look at their filtering system and it looked ancient,” said Kelly. “A pool this big should be able to withstand a huge crowd—like 150 swimmers at one time,” he said.
Ballesteros said Kelly and the swimmers who frequent the pool need not worry because the pool is cleaned every night and in the morning, we have a test kit to check the acidity and to know if the water is good enough for the public to swim on. And the filter, although old, still functions well.
“We clean the pool every night so it could be used in the morning. We close it on Sundays so that it could be treated. It has been raining quite a lot lately and it affects the chemicals that we use on the pool but it doesn’t mean that we don’t clean it,” Ballesteros said.
Ballesteros also said that they check the filtering system regularly.
Ballesteros added that even before Kelly brought it up, the sports center was already looking at ways to upgrade the system.
“The filtering system is old but it still works. Not a lot of pools still use this kind of system but we were already looking at ways to upgrade this,” he said.
Ballesteros added that the tank can still do the backwashing process. This process washes away the microscopic debris that are trapped in the filter.
Long-time swim coach Rolando Alvarez had said that the only time he could remember when the water was pumped out of the pool and changed was when firefighters used it to douse a huge fire that hit Sambag I in May 16, 2001. Ballesteros said that under his management, they have not changed the water but the water flows for 24 hours. The excess will then flow into the system, gets cleaned and flows back into the pool.
Kelly underscored the importance of having a pool that is well-maintained in a city like Cebu.
“A pool that is well-maintained could be a place where athletes can improve and excel and even become world-class,” said Kelly.
The CCSC will be hosting the fourth Speedo G-League tomorrow, the reason CCSC closed the pool to clean it up.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 04, 2013.