TEXAS CITY — College of the Mainland trustees hope to have a better understanding of the repairs needed once a company comes to look for the leak at the college’s pool next in the coming weeks. 

The pool, which was closed in May, holds about 180,000 to 200,000 gallons of water and is leaking about 3,600 gallons of water a day, according to the college. The leak could be in the pipes around the pool. 

American Leak Detection, out of Houston, will be at the pool on July 8 to look for the leak, said Charles King, the college’s director of facilities and maintenance. 

The work will likely cost about $2,000, although King said he would have a better estimate once American Leak Detection representatives had a chance to look at the pool next week. 

Finding the leak is the first step in dealing with the repairs needed at the pool, said Trustee Nick Stepchinski. 

The pool might need about $300,000 in repairs — although King said those estimates could be on the low end. But before that work, which includes items such as replacing filters, updating machinery and installing a new climate control system for the building that also would heat the pool, can begin, the trustees need to figure out the cost of fixing the leak, Stepchinski said. 

Stepchinski also said the repairs the college is contemplating now are not going to be recurring costs. 

“We are talking about repairs that have previously lasted 40 years,” he said. “It’s not like we are going to spend $300,000 every year on the pool.”


Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnew.com.

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