CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Park District is up against a deadline to have its outdoor pools ready for the swimming season.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the problem with some of the pools is that they have high-suction, flat drains that can hold people underwater.READ MORE: R. Kelly Found Guilty Of All Counts In Sex Trafficking, Racketeering Trial
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The Chicago Park District has 26 outdoor pools in various stages of repair, with two weeks before they are scheduled to open.READ MORE: Reports Of Active Shooter At Carthage College In Kenosha Deemed Unfounded, Police Give 'All Clear'
The Park District says most of the repairs have been fairly simple – just fitting the new drains over the old fixtures – and they should all be ready by opening day on June 15.
Safety advocates have said that high-suction flat drains had killed 36 people and seriously another 150 by 2009.
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An April 3 list showed 240 pools not in compliance as of that date, out of the 4,000 across the state.