Pool boiler problems frustrate

Cromwell Swimming Pool
Cromwell Swimming Pool
New parts installed in the Cromwell pool boiler seemed to do the trick - for a while.

The frustrations continued yesterday for Cromwell's keen swimmers, with the town swim centre closed for the 10th day.

Staff at the Central Otago District Council, which runs the facility, were equally annoyed. Parks and recreation manager Mat Begg said the new parts worked well for a while and then the gas boiler "tripped out'' again.

"We're getting a second opinion whether we're on the right track and we've got a couple more parts on order. When they're replaced, we'll have pretty much replaced the whole guts of the boiler, so we hope it'll do the trick,'' he said.

The swim centre closed on Sunday, July 10, after a break-in at the complex. There had already been problems with the pool's gas boiler and because the complex doors were left open after the burglary, the pool temperature remained well below normal.

"We know its frustrating for swimmers that the pool's been closed so long and it's very frustrating for us, too,'' Mr Begg said.

"There was a special holiday programme planned at the pool and we were going to launch new paddle boats as part of that. It's a busy time of the month with the school holidays, so to have the pool out of order is totally inconvenient. ''

Waiting for the new parts to arrive and then installing them and discovering there was still a fault meant it was "back to square one'', he said.

"Hopefully, the next round of parts will fix the problem. We're trying our hardest to get it sorted as quickly as possible.''

Sergeant Bruce Terry, of Cromwell, said police were still seeking information from the public about the burglary.

"We need our community to tell us about suspicious activity and/or suspects,'' he said.

lynda.van.kempen@odt.co.nz

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