Toddlers pool closed after problems with circulation system


HELENSBURGH’S toddlers’ pool has been forced to close due to ongoing issues with the water circulation system.

Wollongong City Council said the pool is more than 50 years old and draws its water from Helensburgh’s nearby gravity filtration unit. Investigations are underway as to the cause, but close monitoring of the pool water suggests that there is an issue between the filtration system and the pipes from which the toddlers’ pool draws its water.

Council’s Director Community Services Kerry Hunt said since the start of the season Council has been manually managing the pool’s water quality to meet the NSW Public Health guidelines. However, with the warmer weather, and more toddlers and their families using the pool over the coming months will be increasingly difficult to effectively maintain the water quality.

“We know the community really value local public pools and I would like to assure the community we’re working as quickly as we can to develop a solution to this challenge,’’ Ms Hunt said.

“We’re taking the proactive step to close the toddlers’ pool while we carry out investigations as to the cause.

“In the meantime, the main pool remains open to the public and there is nothing to suggest we’re having the same underground challenges with its filtration system. We anticipate it will be well-used on warm days.’’

Council staff are working on a long-term solution to replace the pool’s ageing water filtration system and are planning to install a new plant room dedicated to filtering the toddlers’ pool water. In addition, we’re looking into interim options so that we might reopen the toddlers’ pool as soon as possible.

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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