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2017-12-19 06:00
Newlands swimming pool

Newlands swimming pool

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Newlands swimming pool will not be open during this festive season due to the water shortages in Cape Town. It is one of the 17 out of 35 pools that will remain closed throughout the season.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety, security and social services, explains that the City opened 13 pools from Friday 1 December and they will remain open until the end of January. “Unfortunately, Newlands swimming pool is not one of those that will open. “There will be no use of drinking water, as this is expressly forbidden in terms of the current water restrictions. Instead, all water backwashed from the swimming pools will be stored, treated and reused, and any water lost through evaporation will be replaced with water from the surrounding pools that will remain closed this season. The use of recycled water, along with the reduced operating hours, will ensure that no water is wasted and that no drinking water is used to top up swimming pools,” says Smith.

He says showers at all public amenities and ablutions will be switched off and waterless hand sanitizer will be provided as alternative at most public washrooms.

The open pools are Atlantis, Strand, Blue Downs Indoor, Khayelitsha, Bellville, Vulindlela, Retreat, Mnandi, Eastridge, Kensington, Bonteheuwel, Hanover Park and Sea Point.

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