Harry Thomas Sr.
1801 Lincoln Road NE
Test Result: Negative (Sunday, Aug. 9, 5:40 p.m.)
Skinny: If healthy bacteria levels correlate with serious lifeguards, then the Harry Thomas Sr. pool is a case in point: These staffers kept eagle eyes on swimmers and deftly managed challenges from a large and boisterous group of middle school boys. But it’s a good thing that the test kits don’t measure the stench in the women’s locker room (raunchy).
4300 Anacostia Ave. NE
Test Result: Positive (Sunday, Aug. 9, 3:36 p.m.)
Skinny: Kenilworth’s pool house is crumbling and musty, and its chaise lounges look more like cheese lounges. All of that could be forgiven if only the water had tested well.
Mills Avenue and Hamlin Street NE
Test Result: Positive (Sunday, Aug. 9, 5 p.m.)
Skinny: This pool’s test results indicated the most intense buildup of colony-forming units of bacteria that we came across. But it also had by far the worst lifeguard behavior in the entire DPR cohort. The three young guards on duty were more interested in flirting and roughhousing with one another and some of the teenage swimmers than in keeping an eye on the packed pool.
4th Street and Mississippi Avenue SE
Test Result: Negative (Friday, Aug. 7, 3:32 p.m.)
Skinny: Another DPR pool with loads of kiddies living it up in the water while their mothers reclined on chaise longues in the shade of a decrepit pool house.
South Capitol Street and I Street SW
Test Result: Negative (Friday, Aug. 7,
Skinny: This DPR facility appears all the shabbier due to its location across the street from the Capitol Skyline Hotel’s celebrated dipping spot. But the water tested clean.
1701 Gales St. NE
Test Result: Negative (Saturday, Aug. 8,
Skinny: This is only one of two pools (East Potomac was the other) that require bathers to pass through a room with shower nozzles running at full tilt. Perchance the forced showering helped the pool test negative for bacteria despite dozens of swimmers on a scorching hot Saturday afternoon?