- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - City officials in Providence have closed all five public pools, just days before they were set to shut down for the season.

Officials said Wednesday heavy rain last week has upset the water’s chemical balance, causing calcium buildup.

The buildup is hard to remove and makes the water murky, which could be dangerous if lifeguards can’t see the bottom of the pool. In 2011, it took authorities two days to find the body of a Newport woman who had drowned in a Massachusetts pool. Authorities cited cloudy water as the reason her body went undetected.

The closings come after the state had its first heat wave in two years, with high temperatures in the 90s from Saturday up until Tuesday.

Eleven water parks and two indoor pools will remain open.

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