Local pools closed over the weekend due to chemical imbalances

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MARQUETTE, MI - A developing story for you tonight, some Marquette area swimming pools were closed over the past few days after reports of chemical imbalances.

Testing on pool samples were conducted early last week, with the results leading the Marquette County Health Department to close a number of public pools. The Health Department oversees public pools - including at schools and gyms - and will order pools to close if levels are found to be unsafe.

"I think the results were kind of a surprise to us because when they did the on-site comparisons on Wednesday, our tests that we do matched the DEQ test," said John Kurkowski, MAPS Director of Auxiliary Services. "We're not sure what happened with that sample. I don't want to speculate on what happened but was it a bad test kit? What exactly happened to that sample or the fact that the levels were high and we needed to take the appropriate action that we did."

According to the Health Department, pools were closed due to a chloroform bacteria presence. By tonight, most of the pools are expected to be open again.

We reached out to the Health Department earlier in the day for a listing of those pools affected, but were told they could not release that information.


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