HANOVER TWP., Pa. – Hanover Township's leaky pool will not open this year and may be closed permanently.
The township, located in Northampton County, closed the community pool last June because it was leaking about 2,200 gallons per hour. At that speed, it would drain in about 90 hours. The ground beneath the 39-year-old pool no longer supports it.
"Hanover Township is full of voids and caverns," township engineer Brien Kocher said Tuesday at a meeting of the township supervisors.
Supervisor Vice Chairman Michael Prendeville compared the unstable ground beneath the pool to a sinkhole.
Last summer, the township determined that broken pipes caused the leaks and closed the pool for the season. Later this month, Terracon, a Kansas-based engineering company, will inspect the pool, which has already exceeded its projected useful life.
"It's not known if the pool can be opened again," Supervisor Susan Lawless said after the meeting.
The Terracon study may be the first step toward determining what is next, Prendeville said.
Lawless said fixing the pool is not likely because of its age and the geology of the land beneath it. The unstable land could also prevent the township from building another pool at the same site even if Hanover could afford it.
"We need to get the best information possible so we can make the best decision," she said.
A new pool could cost millions. Prendeville declined to speculate on whether Hanover would opt to build a new one.
"This is not a decision the township will take lightly," he said.
The township has set up a pool advisory group to determine what's next.
In other business, Chairman John Diacogiannis said Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure advised the township that it will receive $2,500 for the Hanover Days Community Carnival. The grant comes from the county's tax on hotel stays, a tool used to promote activities that increase tourism.
The supervisors also voted 4-0 to purchase two 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 trucks for $34,730 each, $69,460 total. The township's public works department will use the trucks, which will replace 15-year-old and 14-year-old vehicles. Diacogiannis, Lawless, Prendeville and Jeffrey Warren voted in favor. Supervisor John Nagle was not at the meeting.