WOONONA Rock Pool will remain closed for almost three months
while Wollongong City Council replace two intake pipelines.
The pool was closed on April 10 for the removal and replacement of the pipelines. The project is expected to be completed by June 30, depending on favourable weather, tides and swell.
As part of the project, two intake pipelines, and their support beams and attachments will be removed and replaced.
Wollongong City Council’s director of infrastructure and works Peter Kofod said the pipes run from the beach, along the seafloor, to beyond the rock shelf.
The intake opening is three metres down towards the seabed from the rock shelf.
“This is essential maintenance that needs to be carried out, and given the underwater conditions, it’s a challenging task,” Mr Kofod said.
“The old pipes are rusting, and air has been getting into the pipes.”
Council hopes by carrying out the work in winter, it will cause less disruption to swimmers and beachgoers.
Council looks after nine rock pools along the coast, including recently-renovated pools at Bulli and Coledale.
“It’s important for us to ensure these popular community assets are maintained,’’ Mr Kofod said.