PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (ABC4 News) — The Utah County Health Department is now investigating the chlorine leak at the Veterans Memorial Pool in Pleasant Grove.
The pool will remain closed until the health department finishes its investigation.
Wednesday morning kids came to the pool only got get turned around.
Pleasant Grove police say a pump broke at the pool and somehow was turned on, delivering an “inordinate amount of chlorine” into the water creating a gas that was quickly seen by children in the pool.
Bryce Larsen with the Utah County Health Department says, “They are doing a thorough inspection of the system and anything involved with the system.”
Bryce Larsen oversees environmental control for the Utah County Health Department. He says the county just cleared the pool two weeks ago for Memorial Day weekend.
“It’s a thorough inspection which includes the disinfectant system, the pumps, make sure the chlorinator is working that applies disinfectant to the pools. We check everything and it just so happens, right, that this occurred today, and we are trying to get to the bottom of it,” he says.
The city says 26 people were transported to area hospitals with health issues.
Doctors at Timpanogos Regional received the majority of patients, mostly children.
We had a mass casualty event with chlorine exposure at a local pool, and so we had 16 patients delivered by ambulance,” says Emergency Room Doctor Micah Smith. “At normal levels, chlorine can be used safely but at the exposures, we were seeing it produced a lot of respiratory issues and at very high doses it can be lethal.”
The doctor says most of the patients suffered from mild to moderate respiratory issues.
J. Scott Darrington, Pleasant Grove’s City Administrator, says to keep your medical bills and parents should visit the clerk’s office to seek reimbursement.
Parents need to know if you do have a pass here at Veterans Memorial Pool, you can still take your kids to American Fork and Lindon pools until Veterans Memorial Pool is fixed.