A new state-of-the-art aquatic complex is being built in Reedley, California Central Valley, at Reedley High School.

Myrtha Pools will provide the aquatics complex with a 50m Olympic-size competition pool and a warm-up pool. Currently no swimming pools are available for the high school’s swim and water polo teams, which must commute to neighboring high schools to practice and compete. The new Complex is expected to serve both Reedley High and the community, as well as host important regional competitions, helping raise the profile of the district and the city.

Recently, Roberto Colletto, the Chief Executive Officer of Myrtha Pools came from Italy to visit the complex. He brought with him Gary Hall Jr. – American swimmer who won 10 medals, including five gold, at three Olympic Games from 1996 to 2004 – and Mike Mintenko, who competed for Canada at the Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004. Both former athletes now work for Myrtha Pools USA.

Mr. Colletto said Reedley’s main pool and warm-up pool will be the first Myrtha pools in the Central Valley and he wants to showcase the project in California. “We understand this is an important project for this community,” he said. “So we want to make sure everything goes well for the project.”

Opting for Myrtha’s technology increases a few the cost of the entire aquatics project, but the District Officials believe the added investment will pay for itself within seven to eight years through significant reductions in maintenance and repair costs.

In drawing up plans for the aquatics complex, district officials hired The Isaac Sports Group to assess the pros and cons of building a pool with traditional gunite or going with the Myrtha method.

Isaac Sports ran price comparisons on different types of pools, demonstrating that stainless steel pools cost much less to operate and maintain in the long run. Gunite or plaster pools more frequently need maintenance and repair, such as re-plastering. The traditional pools also use more chemicals than stainless steel pools.

Giving Isaac Sports’ consultancy, the District officials believed that the advantages of Myrtha– which includes a 15-year warranty – was the better move and asked the board of trustees for final approval, also considering that the complex – by attracting regional meets and events – will bring money into the community.

The aquatics complex is scheduled to be finished before the start of the 2014-15 school year in August.

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