YWCA Central Maine has received a $40,000 grant award from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation.

The funding has been used to install a new UV system for the fully accessible, regulation-size community pool in Lewiston, according to a news release from the Y.

UV systems enable pools to significantly reduce the content of chemicals by reducing chlorine, lowering chloramines, and ultimately lowering overall chemical costs. This alternative method of sanitation is helpful for high-traffic community pools that serve vulnerable populations like children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems, since it provides healthier air and better water quality.

“Pools equipped with UV systems are considered among the safest public pools and we are so grateful to the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation for making this a reality for our pool and aquatic community here in Lewiston,” said Chief Executive Officer Melanie LaMore Gagnon.

The UV system was installed this summer.

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