Once ‘glorious’ swimming pool now empty

2016-06-23 10:31
Jay Jugwanth of Concerned Swimming Fraternity climbs out of the almost empty Olympic Swimming Pool in Northdale. A major underground leak has resulted in the pool emptying to a level just ankle deep.

Jay Jugwanth of Concerned Swimming Fraternity climbs out of the almost empty Olympic Swimming Pool in Northdale. A major underground leak has resulted in the pool emptying to a level just ankle deep. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - What started as a minor leak years ago has now become so massive that the Olympic Pool in Northdale has almost been emptied.

This could mean that the pool could be closed through the next swimming season due to the severe drought.

This is according to the Concerned Swimming Fraternity (CSF).

Jay Jugwanth of the CSF said seeing the once “glorious” swimming pool in its current state was “heartbreaking”.

“This pool used to be sparkling and always busy but now it is a dreadful sight,” Jugwanth said.

He said the leak initially started a few years ago and was reported to the municipality.

“We were told it was all sorted out but clearly it was not,” he said.

Jugwanth said the leak had persisted for years but since May this year, at the end of the swimming season, the water levels were reducing noticeably.

He said the 50-metre long Olympic swimming pool took over 2,5 million litres of water to fill.

“Millions of litres of water has been lost. In this time of drought, that water could have been given to the Fire Department or even residents to use to in ablution facilities,” Jugwanth said.

He said he feared that with the drought, “there will not be enough water to fill up the pool which means the pool will remain closed through the year”.

“This used to be the best kept pool in Pietermaritzburg.

“It was known for hosting swimming galas and would be a hive of activity through school holidays. This situation is sad and heartbreaking.

“I am heartbroken for the historic Berg Street pool which was in a similar condition. It took the CSF years of badgering and eventually that pool was restored ... now to witness the Olympic pool deteriorate in a few months is sad,” he said.

Msunduzi municipality did not respond to questions about the pool by the time of going to print.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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