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Hendersonville Officials Say Pool Cleaning Accident Led To Fish Kill

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Hendersonville city officials have determined what caused a fish kill at a popular city park. Hendersonville city officials have determined what caused a fish kill at a popular city park.

Hendersonville city officials have determined what caused a fish kill at a popular city park.

Hendersonville City officials stated that they have been working with the North Carolina Division of Water Quality and the Environmental and Conservation Organization to determine what caused a fish kill that was discovered at Patton Park on Tuesday. During the course of the investigation, officials say that a small amount of chlorinated water was pumped out of the pool area at the park and into an adjacent parking lot where it could have entered Britain Creek.

The internal investigation shows that during the course of cleaning the pool, in preparation for the upcoming season, the pool was drained using an internal pump that discharges into the sanitary sewer system. However, officials stated that there is a small amount of water that has to be removed using a submersible pump and up until that point, no chemicals had been used in the water.

City officials stated that city employees then used chlorine at the very end of the process to clean the walls and floor of the pool with scrub brushes and wash everything down with water. However, the employees did not redirect the pump to the sanitary sewer system, and allowed 8-10 gallons of diluted chlorinated water to drain into the parking lot, which is about 200 feet from the creek.

City officials said that it was not standard procedure for cleaning the pool, but was a oversight that was not intentional.  

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