The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

June 24, 2013

City pool to re-open today, weather permitting

WASHINGTON — “The City’s Waterworld of Washington passed its water lab test over the weekend,” Mayor Joe Wellman announced this morning.   Wellman continued, “Waterworld will re-open today provided the weather cooperates and no lightning occurs.” 

The city sends water samples to a state-certified lab each week, and on Friday the city received word that the water failed one of the bacteria tests.  Wellman consequently closed the facility in the interest of public safety.  Pool staff on Friday evening then cleaned and back-flushed the water filters, shocked the pool, and sent a water sample in for testing over the weekend.  The samples require a 48-hour culture period before lab results are available. 

“I absolutely hated to close the pool on the hottest weekend of the season so far,”  Wellman said, “but I am very concerned about public safety, so the prudent thing to do was to close the facility.  I apologize to the public that this action was necessary.”

Due to repeated test failures in 2012 in the splash pad area of the facility, the city hired a company to make some improvements over the winter and prior to opening this spring.  “We checked references on the new company and had them inspect our facility and make some improvements to it.  It was our hope that the problems would not reoccur this year after we upgraded to more automated chemical dispensing equipment and better types of chlorine and filter medium.  We had no problems all spring until this weekend, with the splash pad passing but the large pool failing the test.” 

City staff will be meeting with representatives of Spear Corporation, a respected municipal contractor, this week to further review Waterworld’s system and operation.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Thursday's police report CITY REPORT Wednesday 11:28 a.m. - A female caller, 820 Axtel Ave., said a license plate was taken from her vehicle the night before. The tailgate was also scratched. 10:17 a.m. - An employee of Personal Finance Company said a female had parked her v

    July 23, 2014

  • Area author to hold book signing at Touch of Heaven Greene County author, former newspaper publisher and pastor Ralph W. Roach will be at A Touch of Heaven on Main Street Aug. 2 from 9:30 a.m. until noon for a meet and greet and book signing. Roach has published three books, "Ramblin' With RWR," a mem

    July 23, 2014

  • Capture.JPG DOCUMENTS: Barr-Reeve Teachers' complaint

    Here is the complaint the Barr-Reeve Classroom Teachers Association filed with the state Education Employment Relations Board earlier this summer against the Barr-Reeve School Board and Superintendent Travis Madison.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - WT072414 - HarbstreitMug - NBS Harbstreit settles in as Indiana Sheriff's Association president FORT WAYNE — Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit had the interim tag removed from his title as president of the Indiana Sheriff's Association during the state convention in Fort Wayne. The Indiana Sheriff's executive board had elevated Harbstreit

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two dead after Bicknell shooting BICKNELL – At approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, Indiana State Police, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Bicknell Police responded to 707 Durbin Street in Bicknell after a 33-year-old Knox County man was shot and killed during an argument with an

    July 23, 2014

  • Police Reports CITY REPORTS Tuesday 12:30 a.m. - Police were called to investigate the theft of a cell phone at 703 SW Fifth St. 4:14 a.m. - A resident reported someone got into a vehicle at 501 Lincoln St. ransacked it and left the front passenger door open. The o

    July 22, 2014

  • Music camp pic 1 Band season starts with music camp While a lot of high school students are finishing up the summer break, the members of the Washington High School Golden Pride Band are back in class and getting ready for the fall, by taking part in music camp. "We're excited," said Washington High S

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • B-R teachers union sue Madison, Board Members of the Barr-Reeve Classroom Teachers Association have filed charges of unfair labor practice (ULP) against Superintendent Travis Madison and the three elected members of the school board; Joe Cummings, Galen Graber and Scott Lottes. The docum

    July 22, 2014

  • Field day to educate livestock producers WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University-sponsored Indiana Beef Integrated Resource Management program will hold a field day to showcase the benefits of bringing water to livestock grazing paddocks.The field day will run 2-6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the M

    July 22, 2014

  • North Daviess School Board approves handbook revisions North Daviess Superintendent Robert Bell updated members of the school board Monday night about progress on the corporation buildings. Several projects have been taking place at the elementary and junior high/high school buildings over the summer. Be

    July 21, 2014