Waters muddied after pool clean
A VISIT to the local pool ended in scrapes and grazes for a northern suburbs mum and her three-year-old daughter.
When they visited the children’s play pool area and lazy river at HBF Arena in Joondalup, they found “sandy-type deposits loose all over the floor of the pool where the coating seems to be coming away”.
“My daughter scraped her knees several times and I hurt myself on the stairs near the lazy river as the edges were so sharp with this coating,” the mother said. “Even the colour of the floor is uneven where it looks like these little plastic pieces are peeling off.”
VenuesWest – the State Government agency that operates HBF Arena – said during the COVID-19 shutdown last year, “an acid wash was added to the concrete base, which works as a concrete cleaner”.
A spokeswoman confirmed they had “received occasional feedback about the surface of the leisure pool following the application of the wash, in which we advised of the purpose of the wash and that it will settle over time”.
“We have explained that if individuals stay in warm water for long periods of time, skin becomes soft, fragile and sensitive to surfaces and therefore is more susceptible to grazing, particularly on the feet when going around the whirlpool,” she said.
She said there were “no immediate plans to resurface” the children’s play pool area and lazy river.
The toddler, slide splashdown and leisure pools and lazy river were replastered with a cement-based compound in 2012 as part of the aquatic’s hall upgrade.
The works cost more than $170,000.