Updates on municipal pools

2016-01-20 06:00
The Winklespruit beach swimming pool. Photo: Supplied

The Winklespruit beach swimming pool. Photo: Supplied

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WARD 97 Councillor André Beetge confirmed that his office received several inquiries regarding the quality and circulation of water in municipal swimming pools along the coast.

“The Winklespruit swimming pool is a salt water pool that constantly drains with three pumps, ensuring that the water level remains at expectation. The water is completely natural sea water with no added chemicals. The pool is drained weekly and the inner surface scrubbed and washed down with a chlorine mixture to clean and remove algae build-up. The three pumps are able to fill the pool within six hours,” said Beetge.

The tidal pool at Baggies is completely natural and water flow is entirely dependent on tide - it is not drained, no chemicals are added and there are no pumps to regulate the level.

“The Inyoni Rocks pool is also a salt water pool, but as it is fitted with the older technology single pump system, refilling takes considerably longer than Winklespruit. While the pump maintains the desired water level, granular chlorine is added to maintain water quality,” said Beetge.

He said the Pipeline swimming pool is a 500 000 litre fresh-water pool fitted with a bag filter system. Similar to a domestic pool, the water is not drained, but submitted to regular backwash and the water quality maintained with chlorine, acid and other chemicals.

While all pool pumps and systems are fully functional, the systems are unable to cope when challenged with continued over-use. This was clearly evident during the recent festive season, with excellent weather attracting record crowds against the backdrop of back-to-back long weekends.

"It is impossible for either the chemicals or the filtration systems to achieve what they are designed to do under these extreme conditions, but imagine the disappointment if pools were drained and people had to wait three days for it to refill again?” Beetge said.

He said while water quality is now back to expectation, pools are scheduled for draining closer to the end of January to effect clean-up and repairs. The seawater pools are of less concern being that water is freely available - it is the fresh water pools that remains a constant headache.

“Consideration will be extended to the fact that we find ourselves amid the most severe drought the country has experienced in history.

“If conditions don't improve, decisions would have to be made with recreation possibly being outweighed by stark reality," he added.

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