Will Columbus Pools Be Ready To Open?

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  The pool at Shirley Winston Park in Columbus is empty now but in just one week it will be packed with swimmers.

That's when all four of the city's pools will open for the public.

In the meantime, the facilities are getting last minute upgrades- new federally mandated drains.

"These particular drains we had to do at the leisure pools are a little bit different than the Double Churches pool so we just got them in on Monday. They're halfway installed now and we'll start filling this pool up later this week," said Tony Adams, Director of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department.

The pools at Shirley Winston Park, Psalmond Road, and Rigdon Park are being worked on this week and the anti-entrapment covers didn't come cheap.

"We went to council back at the first of the year. We got approved for about $25,000 for all of our pools," Adams said.

The new drain covers are designed to keep kids from being sucked against them and trapped under water.

If you're not sure what to look for when it comes to pool drains, officials explain what every parent should know.

"Complaint drain covers are usually domed in shape- they're not flat or they're very large, so large a person can't be trapped on it. If you look in a pool, you should be able to see the bottom of the pool, see the drain, the drain should be in good condition. Make sure those drains are secure and you can see the screws," said Tom Lachocki, CEO of the National Swimming Pool Foundation.

And, of course, don't forget the perfect summer motto:

"It'll be safe. It'll be fun. It'll be enjoyable," Adams said.

Columbus Health Department Officials say they're not required to enforce the upgrades, but they may in the future.

In East Alabama, both of Auburn's city pools opened today.

The Samford Pool did get some major renovations including a new drainage system.

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