Five Quarts of Oil Dumped Into Community Pool

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It could have been worse for the community pool at Columbia Park in Turlock, Calif., after someone launched an open 5-quart container of motor oil into the pool earlier this week.

The pool is divided into a small children’s area and the larger general area. Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities manager Erik Schulze said the bulk of the oil was contained within the kiddie pool, though the filtration system did carry some of the contaminant into the general area of the pool. 

Because oil and water don’t mix, most of the oil floated on the surface of the water, and the city’s fire and environmental departments were able to soak up most of it with towels.

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