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Problems persist

Tuesday, 13th January, 2009

It has not been all smooth sailing for the city's new 50 metre pool.

A broken water pipe left the new slide out of action from Boxing Day until Saturday, and on Sunday afternoon the entire pool complex was closed due to low chlorine levels. Council's Group Manager of Infrastructure, Paul DeLisio, said that a technical problem was to blame for the incident. Mr DeLisio said that all pools were back in action by mid-morning yesterday. The closure comes after an equipment "anomaly" was behind a sudden evacuation and closure of the centre last month. Patrons were evacuated from the pool after a chlorine reading in the 50 metre pool registered below the proper level. At the time Mr DeLisio said that the problem was unlikely to happen again. Meanwhile, Mr DeLisio has defended the three local swimming clubs having exclusive use of the 50 metre pool from 5.30 to 7.30pm every day of the week. "It's only a small part of the day that swimming clubs have exclusive use," Mr DeLisio said. Mr DeLisio said that Council consulted with the swimming clubs about the times, and added that the 25 metre pool is always open to lap swimmers. In recent years there was no access to lap swimming when the only pool - the 25 metre one - was in use by the clubs, Mr DeLisio said. "We need to cater for everybody," he said. "The 25 metre pool is always open." Since opening late last year, the pool has been well patronised and a number of locals took advantage of Council offering free admission to the centre yesterday, because of the recent slide breakdown.

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