Hearst Castle’s Outdoor Pool Leaks, State Stops Filling It Up Due to theDrought

The state parks department will stop filling the continually leaky outdoor pool at Hearst Castle due to the low water supplies from the Castle's springs and the drought we are suffering through. 

From the Cambrian- 

Hearst Castle visitors will soon find dusty buses, dry fountains and an empty pool, thanks to one of the worst droughts in California history.

Springs that supply the state historical monument are running at just one-sixth normal, said Nick Franco, superintendent of the San Luis Obispo Coast District of State Parks. Only 47,000 gallons a day now flow from the springs, which State Parks shares with the Hearst Ranch, down from a normal of 285,000 gallons a day in a normal year.

That means a trio of reservoirs that typically are filled with 2.75 million gallons of water this time of year are only about a third full, not enough to carry the Castle through the summer.

So it doesn’t make any sense to keep topping off the iconic, but leaky, outdoor 
Neptune Pool, which loses 3,000 to 5,000 gallons of water a day through several cracks. The pool was started in the 1920s and underwent a couple of revisions not long after.

Read the rest here…

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/01/29/2898401/neptune-pool-is-drying-up.html#twt 

What do you think? Should the state fix the leaks and refill the pool or leave it empty while we are in the midst of a drought?

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