Leisure Centre to replace pool’s pipes

An investigation into leaking water pipes at the Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre, which began on 12 May, has revealed that pipe damage extends under the pool shell. It’s unclear how the damage occurred.

“This means the 25m pool will need to be closed until late August early September to allow the pipework to be replaced,” state the council’s leisure department in a Facebook post.

“We appreciate that this closure is much longer than the initial timeframe mentioned. However, we are not just repairing isolated damage, we are replacing all the water return pipework.

“This will reduce the risk of future failures as all our pipes into the 25m pool will be new and meet modern standards.”

The closure of the 25m pool area affects the facility’s 25m pool, spa, and steam room.

Council says it is working to minimise the impacts on pool users with the following:

  • The warm water pool will have extended opening hours and will be used to accommodate some Learn to Swim classes
  • The outdoor 50m pool will be opened to accommodate some swimming lessons, swim clubs and lap swimmers
  • Aqua classes will be substituted with more low impact fitness classes being added to the (dry) fitness timetable
  • Credits, membership extensions, suspensions and opportunities to relocate will be available to all affected patrons

In addition, the leisure centre’s SALC 50m outdoor pool is to re-open for lap swimmers, swim squads and advanced learn to swim classes. The water will be heated, with extra temporary shelters added.

“We are working towards having the 50m outdoor pool available the week of Tuesday 13 June, but will communicate the exact timing once closer to the date,” says pool management.

To find out more about the repairs taking place and how you may be affected, please visit here.

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