Swimmers swelter as two City pools close for maintenance
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.