Homecoming for new pool operator

Eric Khambatta is the new pool operator for the aquatic center. - RYAN SCHIERLING/Staff Photo
Eric Khambatta is the new pool operator for the aquatic center.
— image credit: RYAN SCHIERLING/Staff Photo

To handle operations at the larger, more complext Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center, the park district has hired Eric Khambatta as pool operator.

Khambatta, who grew up in Suquamish, is no stranger to Bainbridge aquatics, having worked at the Ray Williamson Pool while in high school and college.

Since then, Khambatta has served as pool manager in Kirkville, Mo., and Anacortes before returning to this area with well over a decade of experience in pool operations.

“I came back because of my family, and this position had just opened up,” he said. “I’m really happy to be here, and I’m excited about the new facility.”

Focusing on the mechanical operation of the two pools, Khambatta sees the combination of new and old systems as a challenge.

“I’m here to troubleshoot, and I enjoy doing that,” he said.

He’ll focus on issues such as water and air quality, electricity and heating.

“I knew the new pool was due, and I hope we draw a new crowd here, more recreational users and families,” Khambatta said.

“They will enjoy it, that’s for sure.”

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