Mountain View Pool in Port Townsend opened this morning after repairs were made after a water storage tank valve failure caused damage to the boiler heating system. (Cydney McFarland/Peninsula Daily News)

Mountain View Pool in Port Townsend opened this morning after repairs were made after a water storage tank valve failure caused damage to the boiler heating system. (Cydney McFarland/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Townsend public pool reopens

PORT TOWNSEND — Mountain View Pool was re-opened today.

The pool at Mountain View Commons, 1919 Blaine St. — the only public pool in Port Townsend — had been closed since Oct. 18.

A water storage tank valve failure caused damage to the boiler heating system.

Repairs were conducted last week, and the pool was set to be re-opened at 6 a.m. today and stay open on its regular schedule, announced Alex Wisniewski, city public works operations manager, on Friday.

“We fixed it!” the city proclaimed on the pool website at http://www.cityofpt.us/pool/.

During the closure, pool staff performed facility maintenance tasks including installing new shower heads, deep cleaning, and painting the locker room floors, walls and ceiling, Wisniewski said.

The damage to the boilers not only left the pool without hot water but also cut heat to the Port Townsend Food Bank, Working Image and Port Townsend police substation, which also are housed in Mountain View Commons.

Flooding in the boiler room damaged the main operating panels, City Manager David Timmons said.

On Nov. 7, the Port Townsend City Council approved an emergency declaration waiving procurement requirements for the replacement part for the damaged boilers.

New parts for the boilers were shipped that day, Timmons said, adding that the city also planned to improve the overflow and add alarm sensors to ensure that flood damage won’t be a recurring problem for the pool.

The entire project was expected to cost $40,000 to $50,000.

Wisniewski said the pool generally is shut down in December for annual maintenance.

The emergency repair meant only that the closure was a bit early this year, he said.

Because maintenance work has been completed, the pool will remain open through December, he said.

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