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Leak at Crafton Pool won’t delay May 27 open

By Sam Bigham

A leak was discovered at Crafton Pool that was causing two to three inches of water loss a day.

Borough officials said the leak will likely continue throughout the pool season, but the situation has been improved and is no longer leaking as heavily.

Doug Sample, in charge of borough operations, said pressure testing revealed a leaky return line which has since been repaired, but locating the source of all the leaks would push back the pool’s opening date.

“We are monitoring the situation,” Sample said.

The pool was built in the 1960s, but has been rehabbed several times in the past 60 years. The latest fix was a liner that was installed two years ago, Sample said.

In related pool news, it was announced during the May 11 meeting that the project to renovate the pool house has been downscaled and the roof will no longer be replaced.

This lowers the cost estimate from $780,000 to $580,000.

The borough received a grant of $250,000 for the project.

The pool is set to open May 27. Pool passes are currently being sold and will be until the pool closes in August.


Mayor Coletta Perry, council’s Pamela Pulkownik and Borough Manager Jim Price were appointed as the three delegates to the Congress of Neighboring Communities.

CONNECT is an initiative of the University of Pittsburgh to bring together the City of Pittsburgh

and surrounding municipalities to develop sustainable infrastructure.


Cost estimates for the Broadhead Sewer Separation Project will be made available during a council meeting in June. Estimates are being created for three scenarios: full reconstruction, value option, full brick reconstruction and a hybrid scenario.

In other infrastructure news:

• El Grande Industries was awarded a contract for the Road Paving Program of 2023. The

borough appropriated $320,000 for the program. El Grande underbid in the amount of $289,356.25.

• Union Avenue reconstruction is proceeding ahead of schedule. The first phase was completed in early May with the second phase underway.

• The transfer of 20 sewer trunk lines to ALCOSAN was approved. This is part of the authority’s 15-year-long regionalization program to transfer the management of these assets from municipalities.

Staff Writer Elizabeth Perry contributed to this story.


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