Swimmers and bathers using Strand indoor swimming pool will be able to use the facility this winter.This after the City of Cape Town last week announced it would keep its indoor swimming facilities open during the cold, wet season. The local pool is one of five swimming facilities in the city that will remain open to users. “The City will ensure that our indoor swimming pools will remain open not only to casual bathers, but also to the many clubs and potential Olympic swimmers who use our facilities to train throughout the year,” said JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, and Social Services.“The pools will remain open to enable casual bathers to continue with their programmes without interruption. It has also been important for us to recognise the needs of organised aquatic clubs that have established relationships with the City, and need to use the facilities after hours to train for professional swimming and underwater hockey.” In a statement the City reiterated its commitment to saving water. “All our indoor pools have retention tanks, where rainwater is harvested and used for topping up if it’s needed,” Smith added.“It is, however, noted that due to the cold weather very little or hardly any evaporation takes place and very few backwashes are done. This means that topping up is minimal.”In the unlikely event that the pools run out of rainwater, water will be sourced from the Bellville swimming pool and Newlands diving pool. Council recently took delivery of two new 10 000 F water tankers, which are in use for transporting water to these facilities.“The City is taking the lead in being water warriors, yet at the same time we aim to provide quality facilities year-round,” Smith says. “Our swimming pools are popular and well-used recreational facilities for young and old, and we want to ensure our residents are able to use them knowing it’s being done in a responsible way.”Along with the five indoor swimming facilities, the Sea Point swimming pool is also open during winter. Their opening times will be revised in September, in preparation for summer. Lifeguards will be on duty at all pools to ensure the safety of bathers.The Strand indoor swimming pool, located in Beach Road, will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00. Other indoor facilities open for use are: . Blue Downs – Friday from 13:00 to 16:00; Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00;. Long Street – Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 16:00; Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00; note that Tuesdays from 10:00 to 14:00 are reserved for women only;. Retreat – Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00; and . Sea Point Pavilion (outdoor pool) – daily from 09:00 to 17:00.