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Wollongong City Council

Changes to Helensburgh’s Toddlers' Pool

Friday 1 November 2019

We’ve had to close Helensburgh toddlers’ pool due to ongoing challenges with the pool’s water circulation.

The pool is more than 50 years old and draws its water from Helensburgh’s nearby gravity filtration unit.

Investigations are underway as to the cause, but close monitoring of the pool water suggests that there is an issue between the filtration system and the pipes from which the toddlers’ pool draws its water.

Since the start of the season we’ve been manually managing the pool’s water quality to meet the NSW Public Health guidelines. However, with the warmer weather, and more toddlers and their families using the pool over the coming months it will be increasingly difficult to effectively maintain the water quality.

“We know the community really value local public pools and I would like to assure the community we’re working as quickly as we can to develop a solution to this challenge,’’ Director Community Services Ms Kerry Hunt said.

“We’re taking the proactive step to close the toddlers’ pool while we carry out investigations as to the cause.

“In the meantime, the main pool remains open to the public and there is nothing to suggest we’re having the same underground challenges with its filtration system. We anticipate it will be well-used on warm days.’’

Council staff are working on a long-term solution to replace the pool’s ageing water filtration system and are planning to install a new plant room dedicated to filtering the toddlers’ pool water. In addition, we’re looking into interim options so that we might reopen the toddlers’ pool as soon as possible.