Pool to stay open for two more weeks

North West Telegraph - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

Port Hed­land res­i­dents will get an ex­tra two weeks of heat re­lief as the Gratwick Aquatic Cen­tre changes its clos­ing date, adding an ex­tra fort­night for the school hol­i­days.

The Port Hed­land pool will close at the end of the school hol­i­days on Mon­day, April 30, rather than be­fore­hand, to un­dergo much-needed main­te­nance, re­newal and up­grade works.

The works in­clude re­pair­ing of leaks in the main pool and the dive pool as well as works to bal­ance tanks, pres­sure test­ing of pipes and the re­place­ment of grout in the joints of the main pool.

Mayor Camilo Blanco said the clo­sure was crit­i­cal to the longevity of the Port Hed­land pool.

“The pool at Gratwick Aquatic Cen­tre is los­ing hun­dred of thou­sands of litres of wa­ter a week,” he said.

“There is crit­i­cal main­te­nance needed to stop the leaks and it has to close to ad­dress that, same as with the South Hed­land Aquatic Cen­tre.

“The main­te­nance is for the good of the life­span of the pool.”

The pool is sched­uled to re­open in Novem­ber but res­i­dents will still be able to cool off at the South Hed­land Aquatic Cen­tre dur­ing that time, with open­ing hours set to re­main the same.

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