The city of Providence has closed all of its public pools, just days before they were supposed to shut down for the season. The closures come during a late summer heat wave.
As temperatures hover in the 80’s, Providence residents won’t find relief in the city’s public swimming pools. Officials shut down all five pools, citing calcium buildup in the water. The mineral imbalance resulted from heavy rainstorms earlier this month, according to the city. Calcium causes murky conditions that can make it difficult for lifeguards to spot signs of drowning.
In 2011 a woman died in a Fall River pool. It took authorities two days to find her body in the cloudy water.
A spokesman from Mayor Jorge Elorza’s office says free pools are available at local Boys and Girls Clubs, and an elementary school. The city will provide transportation from several recreation centers.
Twelve water fountain parks also remain open. All facilities were set to close this Friday.
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