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Hartselle pool leak sends money down drain

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The aquatic center is making a profit, but will lose money for the extra water. (Source: WAFF) The aquatic center is making a profit, but will lose money for the extra water. (Source: WAFF)
HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) -

A major summertime attraction is leaking money because the pool is leaking water.

The problem is at the Hartselle Aquatic Center. Officials said they don't know where the leak is, and they are losing about a foot of water a day. The pool may have to be drained in order to pinpoint the problem, but as summertime is money-making time, they will keep filling the pool back up every day for now.

The aquatic center is making a profit, but will lose money for the extra water. A projected figure was not provided. The city will know more when they get their next utility bill.

Hartselle's building director and the city council plan to meet with the contractor that built the pool, which has been open since 2012. The hope is they can figure out what is causing the leak without having to empty the pool. If they do, or encounter any situation in which they must close the pool, it will come later.

Mayor Don Hall said it wouldn't make any sense to try to save water bill money with a repair job during the summer swimming season.

"This is our money-maker," Hall said. "This is the time to make money with the pool. We need the revenue off of it. It would really inconvenience a lot of people that purchased season passes."

The mayor said the leak may not be fixed until after Labor Day.

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