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Cities Facing Heat Waves Can’t Keep Enough Swimming Pools Open

June 24, 2022, 1:00 PM

As heat wave after heat wave settles over large swaths of the US this summer — with the latest one putting millions from the Southeast to the upper Midwest under excessive heat advisories this week — an estimated one-third of all pools will remain closed as cities face a national lifeguard shortage, according to the American Lifeguard Association.

Many cities are able to open only a fraction of their facilities, or at reduced hours. Some are canceling swimming programs as parks and recreation departments grapple with staffing challenges.

In Houston, just a dozen of its 37 pools have opened, operating ...