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Intruder pulls plug on New Tampa YMCA pool, wasting $3,000 in water

TAMPA — Thousands of dollars went down the drain after someone emptied every last drop of water from the New Tampa YMCA's pool early this week.

A worker at the YMCA at 16221 Compton Drive noticed the dry pool Monday morning. Upon investigation, officials said, it became clear that an intruder had tampered with the valves.

Someone wanted to empty the pool. But why?

"We don't know," spokeswoman Rebecca Bray said. "It's such a disappointment. Such a shame."

Replacing the water and fixing air bubbles in the system will cost the organization about $3,000, she said.

"That's money that could have gone toward other programs and doing good things in the community," Bray said.

The incident, reported to police, is under investigation.

All aquatic programming has been rescheduled or relocated. Anyone registered for a class this week is encouraged to call the YMCA at (813) 866-9622 to check on when or where it will be held.

Intruder pulls plug on New Tampa YMCA pool, wasting $3,000 in water 12/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 11:45pm]
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