Horsham outdoor pool work continues

Published on 07 August 2018

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The second stage of refurbishment works at Horsham Aquatic Centre’s 50m outdoor pool are nearing completion.

A crane was on site last week to install two new 26-tonne filters that will allow for a safer and more efficient chlorination system.

Horsham Rural City Council Community Wellbeing Director Kevin O’Brien said the fitting of new pipe work and pumping systems in August and September will complete the upgrades to the filtration system.

“These works will enable the YMCA to better monitor and manage pool water quality for the 2018-2019 outdoor pool season and beyond,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The new filters will sit external to the existing plant room building, there are no changes proposed to the layout or appearance of the existing plant rooms.

“We’ve had contractors on site at different stages for several months now. Most of the work that’s been done inside the plant room, so people won’t have really seen the important progress that has been made.”

Mr O’Brien said plans for a wet deck guttering system would also be finalised over the next months, with works proposed to start in 2019.

“Now that the modern filtration system is in place, we can move onto planning the installing of the wet deck which will enhance safety as well the overall appearance.

“Alterations to the pool’s shell will make the depth compliant with elite competition standards.

Mayor Pam Clarke said having Horsham’s outdoor pool refurbished to modern standards was a blessing for the community.

“A feasibility study in 2011 identified significant work was needed to keep the pool operational. That meant there was significant doubt over the pool’s future and Councillors made the choice to commit to fully refurbishing it,” Cr Clarke said.

“The pool could have easily been lost, so to have it ready for this summer is a fantastic result.”