A full programme of works to repair water leaks in the main and dive pools at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre is underway.
The leaks were recently discovered as part of a detailed conditions inspection during the roof replacement.
Council gave approval for an additional $400,000 funding to address the issue as part of a series of upgrades that will protect the important community asset well into the future.
Council informed the Environment Protection Agency as a matter of precaution, although there is not thought to be any health hazard from the chlorinated water.
Andrew MacDonald, Council’s Active City Program Manager said, “The roof repairs presented an excellent opportunity for Council to better understand the condition of the Centre’s pools and plant rooms through a series of audits and to progress with related maintenance. All of these activities could only be conducted while the pools were closed."
“We noticed that the water level in both pools dropped significantly of their own accord over a three week period. The balance of water in both pools was then removed through manual pumping to allow the program conditions audit to take place,” he said.
FMG Engineering, when called to investigate the pools, found that the concrete joints on the floor and sides of the pools had deteriorated due to normal wear and tear and the age of the pools.
“The work on the balance tank and on the construction joints in both pools is directly contributing to the future upgrade of the Centre,” Andrew said.
Adelaide City Council is currently in discussions with SA Water in relation to future water saving initiatives at the Centre.
These will be incorporated as part of the Centre’s future upgrade. The pools, spas, saunas and steam rooms are closed during the roof restoration and pool works and are due to reopen mid to late September. Other services remain open.