All’s cool with the pool — for now

The Port Hardy swimming pool is back up and running on its regular fall schedule after a leak was discovered and patched.

  • Thu Sep 12th, 2013 12:00pm
  • News

PORT HARDY—The local swimming pool is back up and running on its regular fall schedule after a leak was discovered and patched late last month.

The pool schedule got off to a late opening and closed for a weekend several days later while staff and investigators searched for the source of a leak that was causing hundreds of litres of a water a day to drain from the nearly 40-year-old facility.

Eventually, a leak was discovered in an expansion joint of the pool’s shell and was patched with a special underwater silicone putty.

“The next step now will be to wait and monitor to see how well it works,” Port Hardy Recreation foreman Gord Wolden said. “We found a leak and we patched a leak, but we don’t know whether it’s THE leak.”

Wolden said the pool was scheduled to reopen following the weekend inspection, whether or not the source of the mystery leak was determined.

Following patching of the leak, staff committed to re-opening the pool for regular hours.

“I don’t think we’re planning and shut downs in the short-term,” said Wolden. “We’re back up and running and should be on our regular schedule from here on.”