Oh Noes!!!111!!!! Barton Springs In Austin Might Be Closing For Awhile!!
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Time, as in closing the pool for six to eight months. Money, as in almost $5 million the city doesn't have.
The Austin American-Statesman is reporting on a city memo that says the underground tunnel that diverts dirty creek water around the pool has developed a dozen or so cracks and holes.
Workers have been throwing bricks in the holes to plug them, but amazingly this is seen as only a short-term solution.
Fixing it permanently will be a bigger job.
There's no timetable on when repairs might take place. It being Austin, there is a bizarre ecological angle to be considered: The pool would have to be largely drained for repairs, and that might impact the flow of water needed to protect the endangered Barton Springs salamander. (What about the endangered ripped UT frat-boy showing off his pecs? Who's thinking about him?)
The salamander means the feds will be involved, so any action is probably a long way off. In the meantime, officials say, it's perfectly safe to swim in the springs. As long as the city has enough bricks to keep plugging the holes.