What it takes to reopen Barton Springs Pool after severe weather


Last week’s storms brought some beneficial rain across the area, but it also meant another closure at Barton Springs Pool. It’s a common routine for the pool to close after severe weather for cleaning, especially after heavy rainfall. This round, Barton Springs Pool closed their gates to the public for three days following Friday’s heavy rain.

So as this week kicked off with the hottest day of the year, naturally, many Austinites were flocking to the swimming hole only to find out it was still closed on Monday for cleaning.

So what does the city looks for when deciding to reopen the pool?

Factors that determine when to reopen the pool include trash removal, water clarity and even the E. coli count—which can wash in from animal waste. Storms stir up sediment and debris in Barton Creek, sending it downstream into the pool. So the pool is drained to clean up any debris and help improve water clarity. 

While May is typically the wettest month of the year, June isn’t far behind. Meaning additional pool closures are not out of the question.

Looking back at previous years, Barton Springs Pool had to close twice in May of 2015. Including during the devastating Memorial Day flooding.

Then in May 2016, the pool had to close three times due to flooding. However, last year, the pool only closed twice the entire year, due to flooding. 

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