Pool being prepared to reopen next month

Duty supervisor Charissa Marr prepares the St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool in Dunedin yesterday for its October 1 reopening.

King tides caused some extra work, but the pool should reopen on time next month.

Preparations began with pumping out water that entered the pool during winter and removing sand and debris, Dunedin City Council aquatics manager Heath Ellis said.

‘‘The pool is then cleaned and refilled, which involves pumping water from the sea into a balance tank and through filters,’’ he said.

‘‘The water is treated and then pumped into the pool itself.’’

Once the pool was full, circulation and heating would be turned on and the pool covers put in place.

Pool surrounds and changing rooms would be water-blasted and any necessary painting or electrical maintenance would be done.

The pool is heated to 28degC and is due to reopen on October 1.

Covid-19 restrictions had not caused delays in getting the pool ready, Mr Ellis said.

‘‘King tides did flood the pool, creating extra work, but we allow extra time for this sort of eventuality in our preparation schedule.’’

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