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Extensive pool works force further opening delay

The Seymour War Memorial Outdoor Pool remains closed after ongoing extensive works to mitigate serious leaks.

JENNA BISHOP January 22, 2014 4:02am

One of the cracks in the pool shell's main water supply channel.


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The beleaguered Seymour War Memorial Outdoor Pool is still undergoing considerable repair works to mitigate water loss in the pool and address the pool shell’s ageing condition.

A tentative opening date has still not been set.

Mitchell Shire Council community and recreation director Travis Heeney said a vast amount of work had been carried out during the past two months to repair significant leaks throughout the pool, including repairs to fix leaks in the pool gutters as a result of the deteriorating condition of the external concrete shell, and testing of the shell.

He said work had begun as early as last April, and the pool was filled in October in anticipation of opening in December.

‘‘Throughout this process, significant water loss (to the equivalent of 30000 to 40000litres/day on average before works began on the central channel) was identified, which meant that it would not have been safe or environmentally responsible to open the pool in the standard time frame,’’ he said.

Mr Heeney said council had engaged numerous specialists to carry out expert work, including scuba divers to check the water balance tank, feeding cameras through the pipe system running from the water treatment plant to the pool to identify the integrity of the pipe work and using ground-penetrating radars to confirm the location of leaks in the pool base.

The ageing main valve controlling the supply of water to the pool has been replaced, as well as repairs and resealing of the balance tank.

‘‘(The main valve) was completely seized up beyond repair,’’ Mr Heeney said.

Currently, workers are patching cracks and leaks in the pool’s central channel, which is responsible for supplying water to the pool.

Mr Heeney said the channel would also be relined and waterproofed, which was expected to take a week or two, and then the concrete slabs covering the channel would be fabricated and relaid.

‘‘The works have been delayed as a result of water entering the cracks from the water table below. Despite continual pumping to remove the surplus water, repair works could not commence until it had subsided,’’ he said.

Once that is complete, council hopes to gradually fill levels of the pool to identify any remaining issues.

Once the water is stable and treated, the pool will be reopened.

‘‘If we kept waiting and letting it become more dilapidated, the community would be even more disappointed,’’ Mr Heeney said.

Mr Heeney said while it had been difficult to estimate the time required to address the issues, the time frame had not been unexpected.

‘‘Staff have worked diligently through very trying circumstances in an attempt to have the pool open for use by community as soon as practical. This is the goal of council and remains so,’’ he said.

‘‘Regrettably at this time of year, many contractors are not available to respond in the usual time frame.’’

He expressed council’s gratitude to the contractors who had been working to repair leaks as soon as possible in trying conditions, especially during last week’s heat.

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