AUSTIN (KXAN) – Two city pools in Austin will open this summer, despite plans to close them for major renovations.
A spokesperson for the city’s parks and recreation department told KXAN they sent a memo about the pools to council members.
One member, Sabino “Pio” Renteria, said demonstrators asking to keep the Metz and Mabel Davis pools open helped city leaders change their minds.
PARD officials said earlier this year the repair work needed at those pools is so extensive they planed to keep them closed to cut costs. Metz loses 21,000 gallons per day and Mabel Davis loses 25,500 gallons per day, the department said.
According to the Parks and Rec Department, about 57 acre-feet leaked from Austin’s pools last summer. That is about the same amount of water you’ll find in 5,700 home swimming pools. It is also the same amount of water used by 46,000 households in a given day.