Isle of Wight Council Leisure Managers are set to close The Heights Swimming Pool in Sandown next month, between May 8th to May 13th to try and track down the source of a leak.
Officers investigating the source of the leak previously used specialist testing equipment provided by Southern Water; this indicated that there was a flow of water under the poolside test room.
Last Friday officers met at the Heights to discuss how to try and solve the on-going problem and agreed that the facility will be closed from Tuesday, May 8th to Sunday May 13th inclusive while further investigative work will be undertaken to try and find the leak. This will involve sealing off the main pool pipework and using specialist CCTV equipment.
Sean Newton from the Isle of Wight Council’s Culture and Leisure Services said:
“If this work establishes the source of the leak and enables a repair to be undertaken it will then be necessary to carefully monitor the water usage and level in the pool for a minimum of seven days to ascertain its effectiveness; this will also establish whether it is the only leak.”
“If this work does not reveal the source of the leak, or another leak is apparent, then a further closure will be required to drain the pool and investigate the pipework under the floor of the pool.
An assessment of the cost of a further closure, investigative and other works that should be undertaken during this period will be required prior to its commencement.”
Information signs regarding the closure will be displayed at the facility and and the Council’s website will updated. Reception staff will be advising all customers of the planned pool closure.
Source: David Newble,
Isle of Wight Council
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