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Testing the waters

William Ferchland
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Swimmers cool off at the recreation center pool.

During this relatively scorching summer, many residents and visitors have flocked to the beaches of Lake Tahoe for a soothing dip.

But for others, swimming pools are the oasis for relief.

From motels to the Tahoe Keys to South Lake Tahoe’s recreation site, public pools in El Dorado County undergo an annual inspection by the environmental health department.

South Lake Tahoe’s branch of the department has more than 200 public pools on file. A look into the inspection files found common mistakes such as missing weir filter gates and cloudy water.

All but one of the routine inspections done at the City of South Lake Tahoe recreation pool, the Tahoe Keys, Marriott Timber Cove, Super 8 Motel and Timber Cove Lodge-Best Western were completed in 2005.

An inspection done this month at the Super 8 Motel’s pool found the water to be clear but needing an increase in its chlorine level.

At the city’s lone public pool, an inspection from July of last year noted standing water at the drain line should be eliminated, slight mold in the men’s shower room and the pool water as “slightly cloudy.”

Coming out of the pool Thursday, lap swimmer Christine Caughren had no complaints about the community pool.

Fellow swimmer Mary Anne Kenealy said when she told a friend involved in triathlons she was moving back to South Lake Tahoe, the friend immediately exclaimed about the quality of the community pool.

“This pool is great. Tahoe should be proud of this pool,” she said. “My only pet peeve is there should be more adult lap swim time.”

The most recent complaint filed against the pool was in January 2005 when someone believed the chlorine level was too high because swimming suits were being worn out quickly. Officials thought the problem had to do with ventilation (the pool is covered by an inflatable dome in the winter) and proceeded to fix the problem.

The indoor and outdoor pools at the Tahoe Keys, open to homeowners and guests, had levels of residual chlorine that were too high and needed their weir gates to be replaced, according to a September 2005 inspection.

The pools at the Marriott Timber Cove resort had no noteworthy infractions, nor did the pool at the Best Western.

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