The discovery that chlorinated water is leaking into Waller Creek has prompted the University of Texas to close the main race pool at its Jamail Texas Swimming Center, officials announced Thursday.
The pool was closed late Wednesday afternoon pending investigation and repairs. Officials said they could offer no time line for completion of the work. A swim meet known as the American Short Course Championship, which was scheduled for Thursday through Saturday this week, has been relocated to the Northside school district’s natatorium in San Antonio, according to UT’s website.
This is the university’s third reported pollution incident involving Waller Creek in the past six months. In September, UT reported a sewage spill resulting from a plumbing contractor’s error during construction work at the Engineering Education and Research Center. A sewage leak described as “minor” from a residence hall was reported to state authorities in February.
“Waller Creek is a prominent and highly valued feature of the university’s campus,” said John Salsman, director of UT’s Environmental Health and Safety Department. “These recent incidents are not acceptable and do not reflect the university’s commitment to protecting this natural resource. We will be looking for any common, root causes during this review and redoubling our efforts to safeguard the creek.”