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March 28, 2013

Memphis Pool to Feature New Chemical System, Higher Prices in 2013

In an effort to improve water quality at the Memphis Municipal Pool as well as ensure worker safety, the Memphis City Council agreed on March 21st to enter a three-year agreement with ACCO for installation of a new bulk system for liquid chlorine and muriatic acid.

As part of the lease agreement, ACCO will install and maintain new chemical tanks with the company's manifold system that ensures safe delivery, both from the supplier and to the pool system.

A key component of the new system is the ACCO controller, which offers automated monitoring of water quality to ensure chemical balance. The system utilizes probes within the pool to monitor water quality.

Sales representative Jason Jones informed the council, the municipal pool would likely utilize approximately 1,600 gallons of liquid chlorine in a season. The chemicals will be provide at just under $3 a gallon under the agreement. The 07-L muriatic acid will cost $3.68 a gallon, but Jones estimated the pool would use less than 300 gallons a season. Those chemical costs include the ACCO maintenance agreement as well as lease costs for all of the equipment.

The company handles all of the chemical delivery. It currently is servicing many area pools including the City of Kahoka and the Truman State University system in Kirksville.

The move will allow the city to transition away from the previous gas chlorine system, which is considered much more dangerous to handle.

During the March 21st work session, the council also agreed to a new price structure for the pool in 2013. Daily admission rates will increase 50 cents. Children age 4 to 17 will now pay $2 daily admission fees. Adult rates will increase to $2.50 with an adult with child rate now at $3.

Pool passes will also face a price hike. The pass, which offers 20 entries, will raise from $20 to $30 for children and from $35 to $40 for adults. Season passes will increase from $60 to $90 for children and from $105 to $120 for adults.

The cost for private pool parties will raise from $35 to $45 for 25 or fewer guests. Parties for 26-50 guests will increase in cost from $50 to $75 and parties with more than 50 guests will increase in cost from $75 to $100.

Pool manager Allen Garrett indicated the prices were still lower than other area swimming facilities.

Council members indicated that the price increase was made to help offset the cost of making the transition to liquid chlorine as well as with an eye on making future improvements at the pool.

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