Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

By Ohlone College.

Filled with sparkling blue water, the new Ohlone swimming pool is an impressive sight. But there’smore to this pool than just a pretty face. The Ohlone College swimming pool, which had its grand reopening on August 10, has emerged as smarter, more efficient and healthier than ever before.

President Gari Browning and members of the Board of Trustees cut the ribbon.

The Ohlone swimming pool is regulation length and width and that has not changed. However, the pool shell was recontoured to decrease the depth of the pool, reducing the amount of water by 20%. But the secret to its smart operation is a new, state-of-the-art filtration system that purifies water more effectively, expends less energy (at a savings of $25,000 per year), and results in a 25% reduction in the amount of chemicals used to treat the pool. Water is filtered through sand that removes and disposes of unwanted residue, letting clean water enter back into the pool system.

At the ribbon cutting event, 75 members of the community, college staff and students gathered to celebrate the opening of the swimming pool as Ohlone College President Dr. Gari Browning cut the ribbon. The men’s and women’s water polo teams then jumped in for a scrimmage.

Ohlone Water Polo teams scrimmage in newly renovated pool.

The swimming pool renovation is part of an overall project to revamp or rebuild Ohlone’s athletic facilities, which includes all three ball fields—soccer, baseball and softball; upgrades to the gym; and construction of a new fieldhouse. The swimming pool is the first of the athletic facilities to be completed, an eight-month project that was finalized on time and on budget!

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