New operating times set for Cape Town public pools

2013-12-24 10:41
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Cape Town -  The City of Cape Town will temporarily change the operating hours of the Sea Point swimming pool to ensure optimum water quality over the busy Festive Season.
The city announced the new times as part of its Annual Festive Season readiness plan.

All public swimming pools will be open from 10:00 to 17:00 daily, except for the Blue Downs, Long Street, Strand and Sea Point swimming pools, which will be open from 07:00 to 19:00 daily.
"The Sea Point swimming pool sees a very high usage between December and January each year, which significantly reduces its water quality. The temporary reduction of operating times on certain days during the peak season will allow for adequate turnaround time of water through the filtration system to maintain the water quality criteria by occupational health and safety standards," a spokesperson for the City said.

Key changes in the operating times of Sea Point swimming pool are as follows:
•         Friday 27 December 2013:                      10:00 – 18:00
•         Monday 30 December 2013:                   10:00 – 18:00
•         Friday 3 January 2014:                          10:00 – 18:00
•         Monday 6 January 2014:                        10:00 – 18:00

The Sea Point swimming pool will operate between 07:00 - 19:00 on all other days.
Usually the filtration system used at Sea Point swimming pool requires 24 hours for circulation of the water to ensure optimum water quality.
The pool’s extended operational hours, combined with the high volume of users during the summer months, have not allowed sufficient turnaround time for circulation of water.
This change in operating hours will allow maintenance staff an additional four hours per day to address the situation, in addition to the overtime which they will work.
The City apologised for any inconvenience caused but said the temporary change would ensure improved water quality which benefits pool users in the long-run.

Regular checks will be conducted on the public amenities of City beaches and swimming pools to ensure that all bathrooms and showers are clean and in working order, facilities are kept neat and maintained, and tidal pools at beaches are properly managed.
Visitors to the cities public pools are advised to adhere to the following regulations:
•    Children under the age of seven must be accompanied and supervised by an adult or parent
•    Only regular swimming costumes are permitted for swimming
•    No alcohol, weapons, animals, glass containers, inflatable mattresses and tubes are permitted on the premises
•    No ball or frisbee games, underwater diving equipment, playing of music or preparation of food is allowed
•    No running, pushing, ducking, petting, bombing, shouting or rough play is allowed
•    Children over the age of seven are not allowed in the baby pool
•    Any illnesses that you may be suffering from must be reported to staff before using the swimming pool
•    The superintendent’s directives are to be obeyed at all times
•    Failure to adhere to these rules will result in you being asked to leave the premises     
•    Lifeguards are there to assist swimmers and help those who get into difficulty in the water. Please adhere to their advice.

Any emergency and/or distress call regarding a drowning incident can be reported to the City’s 107 emergency number. Dial 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.

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