Matamata’s patchy pool not cool
‘‘Your first impression when you walk in here is that it looks like stream water.’’
Although Matamata Swim Club is very happy with the upgraded indoor pool, the same can’t be said about the town’s outdoor pool.
Swim Zone Matamata’s outdoor pool currently has a yellow floor and blue sides which makes the water look green. The swim club is now worried this could effect participant numbers for their February swimming carnival. ‘‘Your first impression when you walk in here is that it looks like stream water,’’ Swim Mata- mata president Karen Raymond said.
Matamata Piako District Council’s communications officer, Adele Preston, said there had been no intial plans to work on the outdoor pool as part of the upgrade. The three pools at Swim Zone Matamata were previously serviced by one filtration and heating system. The upgrade involved providing each pool with their own filtration and heating system. To do this work all of the pools needed to be drained. Relining of the outdoor pool was not a part of the contract, the council have said, and damage to the outdoor pool was a result of the draining. The sealing of the tiles, to make them safe for swimmers over the summer, was a temporary measure offered by the contractor, Preston said. ‘‘It is not the permanent solution. To have identified the permanent solution may have meant closing this pool until after Christmas and would have been potentially very expensive. With a number of different options possible, making a hasty decision was not appropriate.’’
When the outdoor pool was drained it became apparent a large number of the tiles were cracked and had sharp edges. The upgrade, which also included improvements to the changing rooms, cost around $1.3 million.
The swim club are very appreciative of the indoor pool’s upgrade. ‘‘We are looking forward to the outdoor pool looking like the indoor pool,’’ Swim Matamata coach Graeme Laing said.
The indoor pool is now 32 degrees, the outdoor is 28 and the diving pool is 30. Laing is confident he will regain his Learn to Swim clients, who use the indoor pool, which he lost during the three month closure.
The council gave no details on what options they were looking at to fix the problem permanently and gave no timeframe on when the problem would be fixed.