Pahoa Community Pool Work Progress on Schedule – Warm Water Still On the Way

A lot of folks have been asking me when the Pahoa community pool will re-open.

Pahoa Pool

I sent an email inquiry to Department of Parks & Recreation, Public Information Officer Jason Armstrong asking him the following questions and this morning I got the following response:

What is the progress with the Pahoa Pool?

Work is progressing according to schedule.

When will it officially open?

Work is scheduled to be finished by July 15, 2013, with an expected opening date of July 16, 2013.

What are all the improvements being done to it?

Work calls for expanding the pool’s equipment building; reconfiguring the pool’s pumps, circulation piping, and filtration system; and addressing leaks. Improved water quality, lower operational costs and the ability to prevent or mitigate pool closures following an electrical outage will be among the significant public benefits. Additional work will include installing roof-mounted solar heating panels to help warm the pool water, a new variable frequency drive to manage the pump motors more efficiently, and performing various repairs and safety upgrades to the facility.

What is the total cost for this project?

$1.5 million

I’ve been driving by the pool on almost a daily basis and I don’t see much activity going on at all.

Workers are at the site and are making progress.

Pahoa Pool Getting $1.55 Million Upgrade – Warm Water on the Way

The Department of Parks and Recreation is investing $1.55 million to enhance the operation and usability of the Pāhoa Aquatic Center.

My son was so cold during his swim lessons, that he had to get out of the water and warm up despite wearing a rash guard!

My son was so cold during his swim lessons, that he had to get out of the water and warm up despite wearing a rash guard!

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. will expand the pool’s equipment building; reconfigure the pool’s pumps, circulation piping, and filtration system; and address recurring leaks that have begun to severely impact the daily operation of the pool. Improved water quality, lower operational costs and the ability to prevent or mitigate pool closures following an electrical outage will be among the significant public benefits.

Contract terms also call for installing roof-mounted solar heating panels to help warm the pool water, a new variable frequency drive to manage the pump motors more efficiently, and performing various repairs and safety upgrades to the facility.

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Construction work will require closing the Pāhoa Aquatic Center for approximately six months starting Monday, January 7. The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for this inconvenience, and thanks swimmers, other pool users and the general public for their patience and understanding while this critical work is performed.

During the closure, users of the Pāhoa Aquatic Center are encouraged to visit Hilo’s Kawamoto Swim Stadium or Pāhala Swimming Pool located on the grounds of Ka‘ū High and Pāhala Elementary School. Operating hours, contact information and a list of other County of Hawai‘i swimming pools are available at www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-aquatics/.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.