27 February 2017
Main pool to reopen on Wednesday after electrical fault
Gore Aquatic Centre staff got more than they bargained for when they turned up for work on Saturday morning.
They were greeted by water flowing out the plant room door after an electrical failure caused the pump that feeds water back into the main pool to shut down.
Gore Aquatic Services Manager Kim Peterson said over 550,000 litres had emptied out of the main pool before the fault was discovered, forcing its closure.
“Once we stopped the water flow, our priority was to rearrange timetables and let everyone know what was going on.”
Ms Peterson praised her staff for quickly responding to the situation and getting information out on the pool’s databases, as well as social media and the radio.
“We decided to extend the Mataura pool’s hours to accommodate the after school swimming lessons, lane swimmers, aquarobics, Activ8 sessions and Shark squad training.”
District Asset General Manager Paul Withers said this was the first time a fault of this nature had occurred at the aquatic centre.
“An electrical contactor had welded closed. This meant the control system thought the pump was still operating therefore no alert went out to warn us about the failure.”
Mr Withers said staff will carry out a full investigation to prevent a fault of the nature happening again.
Ms Peterson said the main pool will reopen on Wednesday (1 March). While it had refilled by late Saturday afternoon, reheating the water was time consuming.
The temperature was at 26 degrees by today (Monday 27 February) and should be at the optimum 28.5 degrees by Wednesday.
“We are lucky the air temperature has been warm as this has helped heat the water quicker than usual.”
The leisure and hydrotherapy pools at the aquatic centre have remained open.
Ms Peterson acknowledged the incident had been an inconvenience for people, especially the pool’s regulars, and thanked everyone for their understanding.