M.L. Aquatic Centre to be closed at least one more week

By Kathy Gallant
June 12, 2018 - 2:00pm

There won’t be any swimming, splashing, or diving going on at the Meadow Lake Aquatic Centre for at least another week as the city waits for a backordered part from the United States.

The pool has been closed to public use since May 26, when a part of the pool’s pump broke down, according to city manager Diana Burton. 

“The water is pumped to make sure it’s and recirculated,” she said. “One part of the pump is called an impeller, and even though we rushed ordered, it still hasn’t arrived.” 

Originally, city staff hoped to receive the crucial piece which rotates the water through the system mid-last week, but Burton said the piece is now expected to arrive by either Friday, June 15 or Monday, June 18. 

“Once it’s fixed, it will take a couple of days for the water to be regenerated,” Burton said. “Because it’s just been sitting for a while, it’s quite cloudy and our lifeguards need to be able to see to the bottom of the pool for safety reasons. So, we’re looking at mid-to-late next week, so hoping by June 20.”

When the weather is warmer, Burton said she encourages residents to come to the spray park as it is still usable. She said the city definitely understands residents’ frustrations, as this time of year is a typically busy time for the pool, with school bookings and swimming lessons.

“We’ll do everything we can to get everything up and running as soon as possible,” Burton said.

 

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