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Seymour outdoor pool to re-open at last

$120 000 of repairs done, and a big day planned for Saturday.

CHALPAT SONTI February 12, 2014 11:06am

Mitchell Shire Council regional operations manager David Carnovale and councillor Rhonda Sanderson as the Seymour War Memorial Outdoor Pool filled up on Monday.

The wait is finally over for anyone wanting to use the Seymour War Memorial Outdoor Pool.

It will reopen at 1pm on Saturday after $120000 of repairs in the past four months. Those repairs were deemed necessary after leaks were found when commissioning the pool in October.

The pool was losing an average 40000litres of water a day from the leaks, largely through the base and central channel drain.

Mitchell Shire Council community and recreation director Travis Heeney said the pool had to be closed for safety reasons.

‘‘It’s hard for us to maintain the pool safely if we’re losing that much water, and environmentally we weren’t comfortable with being that irresponsible with the amount of chemicals required,’’ he said.

Tests using ground-penetrating radar, pipe pressure testing and assessing the state of the main supply valve and the channel drain led to the discovery of the problem and Mr Heeney and leisure and culture manager Kristen Cherry both praised the work of contractors over the holiday period — and particularly at the weekend when the final testing was done and the go-ahead given.

‘‘When the pool was full leaks were going out and when it was empty the water was coming back in from the water table,’’ Ms Cherry said.

‘‘We needed it to be dry to be repaired and they appreciated that speed was needed and were very accommodating, even in the heat.

‘‘Now it appears everything’s holding and we’re no longer losing water apart from standard evaporation.’’

To celebrate the belated opening, there will be free entry on Saturday between 1pm and 5pm and weather permitting, all sorts of activities such as face painting, a pool monster and sausage sizzle — the latter subject to fire ban conditions.

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