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Falling ash makes outside play a little tricky

July 16th, 2013 | by Amelia Hadley | Comments
Vehicles across the valley are covered with ash from the Mountain Fire.

Vehicles across the valley are covered with ash from the Mountain Fire.

My swimming pool pump has been a little temperamental lately. The day it was 122 degrees, the pump didn’t turn on when it was scheduled to. The next day it didn’t turn on at all. It ran fine for a few days, then stopped….you get the idea. Our pool water turned green and swamp-like. The water was too far gone to be coaxed back to normal and the kids haven’t been able to swim in it for about a week.

Last night my children pulled chairs up to the edge and watched as the water was drained. It took hours. Eventually we made them go to bed. I heard them in the backyard around 6:30 this morning and looked out the window to find them running around inside the empty pool. In their underwear. Lovely.

Now it’s re-filling. As I type this it’s slowly creeping up. It probably won’t be done until tomorrow morning and I will probably have a heart attack when we get our water bill.

Anyway, my kids have been begging me to go to the city pool, since they couldn’t swim at home.

We didn’t go today because of the ash from the Mountain Fire. It’s covering everything. It’s falling like snow in the west end of the valley and even cars and driveways in the east valley are dusted with it.

Concerned about the air quality, we hunkered down at home today.

If you’re considering a trip to a local community pool, double check first to make sure its open.

The Desert Recreation District released a media announcement today that the John H. Furbee Aquatics Center in Desert Hot Springs is temporarily closed due to falling ash. Call the pool directly for additional information; (760) 251-1600.

Currently, Bagdouma, Pawley and Mecca Community pools are running regular hours. The Palm Desert Aquatic Center is also open to the public.

 

 

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