ROSARIO, ARGENTINA – We are certainly lucky to swim in pools and water we have access to in Orange County. Check out the photos below from the training pool in Rosario Argentina. 5 narrow lanes, no gutters, and lane lines that don’t do any wave reduction. Guess it was good prep for “open water”. They also have different standards on how to close the pool. Pool closed at 7pm, lifeguard turned off the lights and closed the gate – MOST of the way! No lock necessary I guess. (see pic below)
Couldn’t do any practice swims on the race course because the bacteria levels were astronomically high. After getting the report on water quality showing unsafe levels, local officials decided to “turn-on” their water treatment system and shut-off the run-off drains up river from the competition. Does that mean no one above the race can use their toilet for a few days?
Bacterial levels dropped over 80% in just a few days after they turned on the filtration system. That’s a huge improvement, so the race is ON! I feel sorry for the people who go for recreation in the river the other 51 weeks a year though.
A big thank you to FINA Medical Official Dr. Jim Miller for being so dedicated to getting race officials to do something about the water quality.
15k race starts at 3pm on Sunday January 27th. (5 hours ahead of PST)