The pool at Yokota Air Base, Japan, is drained for repairs Jan.23, 2019. The 374th Civil Engineer Squadron along with the contractor drained the pool to repair leaks into the basement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)
The pool at Yokota Air Base, Japan, is drained for repairs Jan.23, 2019. The 374th Civil Engineer Squadron along with the contractor drained the pool to repair leaks into the basement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Yokota pool to reopen soon

by Machiko Arita
Yokota Air Base

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- Members of the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron and contractors work hard to improve the quality of life for base personnel.

Recently the 374 CES closed the Yokota Air Base Natatorium pool to make repairs and ensure the longevity of the facility.

According to Staff Sgt. Layton Little, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron service contract manager, it started first with cracks and failing seals. Those cracks in turn caused water leakage down into the basement, eventually corroding the pipes due to the high chlorine level.

“We are trying to stop all water leakage,” said Little. “If let the water keep going in the basement, it is going to destroy everything down there. So the goal is to keep the pool as good shape as we can, for as long as we can, but also to protect all the assets we have down the basement.”

Currently, almost all the repair work is done on the pool area and also on the basement. The 374 CES is now doing final inspections to ensure everything is working properly.

The Pool at Natatorium is scheduled to reopen February 4th. If you have questions on swimming at the Natatorium, please contact at 225-6133.

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