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October 17, 2013
City Replacing the Boilers at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center

Pools Operational by Mid-November!

The City of Santa Fe has initiated an emergency service contract to purchase and install new boilers at Genoveva Chavez Community Center (GCCC) and should be operational by mid-November. The estimated time to manufacture these custom built boilers to meet the engineered specifications is approximately four weeks. An additional week will be required for installation and startup heating time prior to re-opening all pools.

On September 12, 2013, at approximately 8:00 p.m. an event occurred in the GCCC pool boiler room. The facility was evacuated by the City of Santa Fe Fire Department and initial safety precautions were taken to shut off all gas leading into the area until an investigation and assessments could be made. The event appeared to have been a type of “backfire” from the boiler room that feeds three of the four pools at the center; an investigation revealed no evidence of chemical or gas leaks or an actual explosion.

The City of Santa Fe worked with various staff and agencies including a contract plumbing company, a contract engineering firm and City Facility Division staff the following morning to evaluate the condition of the pool boilers. Because of the age of the existing three boilers, the recommendation of the City’s contract engineer is to replace the units with modern pool boilers which have all the necessary safeties per current code requirements.

Currently only two pools are open at the GCCC, the 50 Meter Lap Pool is heated to approximately 81.5 degrees; the Therapy Pool is heated to approximately 94 degrees. The Leisure Pool (or Kiddie Pool) and the Hot Tub (Spa) are closed. While the pools are not operable, GCCC members can utilize Salvador Perez Pool and Fort Marcy Pool.

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