Swim­mers swel­ter as two City pools close for main­te­nance

The Witness - - NEWS - KERUSHUN PILLAY • kerushun.pillay@wit­ness.co.za

TWO Pi­eter­mar­itzburg pub­lic swim­ming pools were closed at the week­end, al­legedly be­cause of poor plan­ning by the Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The Con­cerned Swim­ming Fra­ter­nity (CSF) said that Wood­lands pool, also known as the Pilditch Bath, had to be closed be­cause of a lack of pool clean­ing chem­i­cals.

It said East­wood pool was closed for City work­ers to re­place the pool’s fil­ters.

The Wit­ness vis­ited both pools yes­ter­day af­ter­noon and found Wood­lands pool to be opened, but pool staff did con­firm that there was a lack of chem­i­cals. East­wood pool was closed. The Wit­ness pre­vi­ously re­ported that mil­lions of litres of wa­ter had to be drained from Alexan­dra Pool af­ter the wa­ter had turned green. The CSF al­leged at the time that this was en­tirely pre­ventable, but poor main­te­nance meant the wa­ter was wasted.

The CSF’s Jay Jug­wanth blamed poor plan­ning by the City as the rea­son for the pool clo­sures. “We tell them time and time again to get re­pairs sorted out dur­ing the win­ter when pools are closed. And yet, in sum­mer re­pairs are be­ing done and the com­mu­nity suf­fers. “It’s blaz­ing hot out­side and it’s ideal for swim­ming, but the pools are un­avail­able.”

He said the lack of pool clean­ing chem­i­cals at Wood­lands pool was “un­ac­cept­able”.

City spokesper­son Thobeka Ma­fum­batha did not re­spond to ques­tions yes­ter­day.

It is not known when the East­wood swim­ming pool will open.

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