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Fall River Pool Reopening After Woman’s Drowning

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(Photo Credit: Bernice Corpuz/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

(Photo Credit: Bernice Corpuz/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

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FALL RIVER (CBS) – The Fall River pool where a woman drowned last year reopens this weekend.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

The Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool underwent a $600,000 renovation.

The depth of the pool has been decreased from 12 feet to 5.5 feet. The slide, where Marie Joseph was last seen alive, has also been taken down.

Joseph’s body was not discovered until a few days later last June because of the murky water conditions.

DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert says new policies have also been put in place to ensure the water is safe.

“Four times a day, we drop this black-and-white disk called a Secchi disk. If we can see that disk from the top of the pool, we know that the water clarity should allow the pool to open,” said Lambert.

Lifeguards must also do an in-pool check every hour and a half.

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