LISBON - The community swimming pool is losing more than 50,000 gallons of water per day after nearly $12,000 was spent this year to repair any leaks.
The water loss came up during Monday's Village Council meeting, when street foreman Jim Oliver reported they were currently trying to find the source of a major leak at the Sadie Van Fossan pool.
"Didn't we just have someone up there to find leaks ... Now they're gone and we still have leaks," Council member Willis Coleman said.
Council hired Ohio Pool Works in January for $11,800 to locate and repair leaks at the pool. The Columbiana County Health Department threatened to close the pool unless a major leak from 2011 was repaired because it was resulting in the dilution of chlorine levels.
The pool opened two weeks ago, almost a month behind schedule, after repairs were completed. While there, Oliver said the company used regular $3 tub-and-tile caulking to seal pool cracks.
Oliver said they are trying to determine the exact location of the leak through process of elimination and cautioned that the leak may not be coming from any of the repaired areas or the water lines inspected by Ohio Pool. The company required Ohio Pool to inspect the pool and the water lines feeding the pool.
The company has yet to be made aware of the problem, and Coleman said they need to have the village solicitor contact them. Mayor Dan Bing said the company has to be held accountable.
"They need to come back and do it right," he said.
Carol Petrachkoff of the village Board of Public Affairs said BPA meters show the pool is losing 50,000 to 60,000 gallons of water per day. "I think that's more than what we were losing before," she said.
The pool has always been a money-losing proposition that council has subsidized as a service to the community, with the village allocating $33,000 for its operation this year. The Lisbon Community Foundation and other organizations have also contributed.
Oliver also reported the diving board and rubber fulcrum that gives the board its bounce are both broken and need replaced for $3,200. The Eagles Club donated $1,500, and donations are also being sought from the VFW and Lions Club to cover the rest.
"Maybe we should call Dickey's (a concrete company) to see what it cost to fill it in," Council President Roger Gallo said of the pool.