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updated: 5/18/2012 3:32 PM

Pool repairs completed at Libertyville High; Vernon Hills High is next

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Long-awaited repairs to the drain system at Libertyville High School's swimming pool have been completed and approved by the state public health department, officials announced Friday.

Students and community members can't return to the water just yet, however. The pool must be filled with water, and the proper chemicals must be added, Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 spokeswoman Mary Todoric said.

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An inspection by the Lake County public health department is required, too.

Once those tasks are completed, probably by next Thursday, the pool will be open to swimmers.

Similar work is nearing completion at Vernon Hills High School, Todoric said.

District 128 officials are thrilled athletes and other swimmers soon should be back in the water.

"Swimming is a year-round activity and summer programs are starting up soon, so I'm excited," Libertyville High Athletic Director Briant Kelly said.

At both schools, drain improvements were needed to meet the requirements of state and federal safety regulations.

District 128 officials gained media attention last fall after they temporarily shut down the pools because an initial state deadline was not met.

The work at Vernon Hills High's pool started a little later than the work at Libertyville High. It should be completed early next week and be followed by a state public health inspection on Wednesday, Todoric said.

A county inspection has been tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 25.

The pools at Libertyville and Vernon Hills high schools weren't the only ones in the suburbs to miss the fall deadline, and many still haven't been brought up to code.

Pools not in compliance with the law can be ordered closed by state health officials at any time, according to the agency's website.

An updated list of noncompliant pools can be found online at An updated list of noncompliant pools can be found online at idph.state.il.us/envhealth/pdf/Noncompliant_Swimming_Fac_List.pdf.

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