People might notice the Hutchins Street Square pool is more muggy than usual because of the recent theft of 10 to 15 feet of copper piping.
City staff discovered the pipe was missing on Thursday after pool-goers expressed concerns that the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system was not working properly, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Jeff Hood said.
Employees then discovered a large section of missing pipe as well as several other places where the vandals had try to cut through the 11⁄2-inch copper.
The pipes contained refrigerant, similar to freon, so while the HVAC system’s fans are working, there is no coolant, Hood said. The repair will likely cost the city about $10,000 because the coolant is so expensive.
“It’s a very significant loss for the city. We will keep the pool open and hope to get it fixed as soon as possible,” Hood said.