$126K needed to repair MLK pool in downtown Charleston

By Gregory Woods

CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV) -- A downtown Charleston pool was shut down after officials discovered it was leaking 100,000 gallons of water a month.

Now the Charleston Recreations Department needs it fixed, and the city approved the $126,000 project Tuesday.

"When the water heater went down which was unexpected that forced us to do the shutdown," said Jerry Ebeling, Director of Parks for the city. "We were going to resurface the pool later in the year but we discovered the pool leaks were more than what we first anticipated."

Ebeling says the pool has been shut down since the first of the month.

"It became pretty clear that this is the time to do resurfacing and the heater instillation at the same time, otherwise we would have to shut it down again in August when they wanted to do It originally," said Ebeling.

The pool is expected to reopen in early March, which is good news to neighbors like Diann Etheridge.

"It keeps a lot of kids out of trouble, it keeps them from hanging on the corners going in the streets," said Etheridge.

For now, it's a game of waiting until the pool is fixed.

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