By Nate Smith
WASHINGTON — The city of Washington's waterpark, WaterWorld of Washington, closed Friday evening and will remain closed for an indefinite period.
According to city's website, www.washingtonin.us, the water park closed at 6 p.m. Friday while repairs were being made to the park's mechanical system, Mayor Joe Wellman confirmed Saturday to the Times Herald.
The mayor said the city learned Friday from a water culture test the chemical balance in the water park was not suitable for public use and decided to close the pool for public safety.
City workers then did some repairs to the water parks mechanical equipment and another water culture test was ordered. The results are expected late Sunday or Monday and a decision will be made to reopen the park.
Wellman said the city had repaired some of its mechanical equipment earlier in the year and changed some of the chemicals used after problems with the splash pad at the park in 2012.
A company that is advising the city said many pools have run into the same problem this year, Wellman said.
"I hate to close it on the hottest weekend of rhe year so far, but we have to be safe," Wellman said.
Further discussion on the water park and the situation will be heard at Monday's City Council meeting, slated for 6:30 p.m. at the council chambers, 200 Harned Ave.