New Jersey has some of the best swimming pools in the country, but you may have to wait a few years to get one.
That’s because the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently approved a controversial proposal to build a new swimming pool at a nearby swimming pool in an area with a high concentration of the bacteria that causes the condition.
“If the state is going to allow a pool, they should do it right now,” said John Glynn, the president of the New Jersey Association of Water and Wastewater Inspectors (NJAWI), an advocacy group.
“We need to get that pool built now, so that people who need a pool are not going to have to deal with the issue of having the water pump fail in a few months.”
In the early 1990s, NJAWI worked with state officials to secure a contract to build the pool.
A preliminary design submitted to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 1993 suggested that a 20-foot pool would be built at a site near the New York-New Jersey border.
The pool was eventually approved.
But when the design changed in 2002, the department stopped awarding contracts.
It also halted the pool’s construction and ordered the state to make a number of changes to the design.
One of those was adding a water reservoir, the NJAWIC reports.
“The reservoir is a big part of what makes this a swimming pool,” Glynn said.
“You don’t want to add another reservoir.
It’s not a good design.”
The reservoir is located about 1.5 miles from the pool, where the water was previously used for irrigation.
A group of environmental groups sued in 2004, arguing that the state had failed to adequately study the water use at the site, including the impacts of the reservoir.
After a federal court ruled in favor of the groups in 2005, the state agreed to add a new water supply for the pool at the new site.
But that plan has since been abandoned.
“A few years ago, we were able to secure funding to complete the design and build the project,” said Andrew Meeks, director of the state Department of Water Resources (DWR).
“We are going to do it again, because we are confident that we have done the right thing.”
The new design is intended to address concerns over the impact of the reservoirs on water quality and the likelihood of a pool failing due to corrosion.
A state study, completed in 2016, found that the new design would provide “no significant or adverse health impacts.”
The DWR has said it will begin construction on the project this year, with an estimated completion date of spring 2019.
But Glynn is not optimistic.
“I’m not optimistic at all,” he said.
In addition to the reservoir, a new pool is also planned for the area.
The proposed pool would have a capacity of 3,600 to 4,200 people, according to NJAWi.
The group says it will fight the project to make sure the public doesn’t have to endure the water-storing pump failure.
“For us, it’s a win-win for everyone,” Glynne said.