Rain slows down business at area pools - KOAM TV 7

Rain slows down business at area pools


As summer season is coming to an end many area pools are hoping to bring in some more money in the final days. But with the rainy weather keeping them closed, area pools like Pittsburg aquatic center are struggling to make a profit.

Gray skies are a scene that these lifeguards are familiar with....and when they roll around they have to keep their eye to the sky.

"we've lost a lot of hours due to the weather, rain and the storms." says Pittsburg Aquatic Center Lifeguard, Nick Vacca.

The Pittsburg aquatic center is beginning to wrap up their summer season. The wet weather has meant fewer swimmers.

Over the course of their season the Pittsburg aquatic center has remained closed 5 of the days of the season. but in those 5 days, officials say they're feeling the loss of revenue.

"Loss of revenue is what they come in to use the pool, and that would be square one obviously, because if it rains they can't be they can't be refunded their money, but then after that you're looking at the chemicals you're using to re balance the pool after a heavy rain...we still have to run electric, things like that. we have to have staff to put the chemicals in. so that is on top of what we're already losing from square one." says Sara Mitchell, Pittsburg Recreation Superintendent.

One group the rain is hitting hard is the employees...especially those who lifeguard as a summer job.

"It's been disappointing for them because usually at this time of year they're burnt out, ready to be done and ready to call it a day, but at this point, they're begging for hours." Mitchell says.

" I'm banking on this job to make the money for the fall. so cutting hours even when we open, we may end at 5, and that just cuts out of my day. or we shut down completely so that messes up most of my hours." says lifeguard, Kyle Swartz.

"If you just lifeguard and you don't do swim lessons and don't do anything else...that's you're paycheck. It's a pretty big part." says Vacca.

The center still has private pool parties next week booked through next week, and those parties will continue as usual.

The pool closes to the public on Sunday August 11th.

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