If you use the hydrotherapy pool at the Bourke Street Health Service, you’ll notice that it is has been closed for longer than normal.
The reason behind it?
The heat exchange broke and the grout had to be changed.
Senior nurse manager John Gale said it wouldn’t affect the community greatly.
“The pool closed a little earlier than usual in early December and will open a little later than usual on Wednesday, January 16,” Mr Gale said.
Members of the community use the hydrotherapy pool to take part in exercise and rehabilitation programs and it is also contracted for activities such as swimming lessons and Encore breast cancer programs.
The first of the two problems started just before Christmas when the heat exchange, which creates the heat in the water, broke and leaked due to age.
“It was just down to wear and tear,” Mr Gale said.
“Without the heat exchange, the water would be cold.”
The grout needs to be changed every 10 years, but pool maintenance workers said the hot temperature caused a delay.
“The heat we had in the past month or so made the grout set too quickly, so we needed to use a different material,” pool maintenance worker from HydroThermae, Michael Read said.
“The grout now needs to set, be filled with water and heated up.
“Then we need to get rid of the chemicals before the pool can be used.”
Meantime, the council is hoping to include a hydrotherapy pool in the aquatic centre upgrade but it is dependent on grant funding.
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