Consultant will do thorough investigation into pool

Lisa Goudy
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An investigation into issues at the Kinsmen Sportsplex pool will aim to provide further clarity.

At Monday’s meeting, council authorized city administration to sole source Water Technologies Inc., based out of Beaver Dam in Wisconsin, to do an “empirical and qualitative investigation” regarding the water treatment and pool recirculation at an approximate cost of $25,000 from the Kinsmen Sportsplex maintenance budget.

“We know that the Kinsmen pool and its issues have been a point of contention for the people who use the pool and the general public,” said Coun. Heather Eby. “I think it’s imperative that we get this looked at as soon as possible … I just think we’re at the point where we need to get this addressed once and for all and I think this is the right company to do it.”

Jody Hauta, director of parks and recreation, said the pool has had a clarity issue in the main swim area since fall 2012. The pool can’t be open if not meeting the standards set by the Ministry of Health.

Between December 2012 and March 2013, the city reviewed the pool filtration system and balancing procedures. In March 2013, consultants specializing in pool water chemistry made recommendations for troubleshooting, but these made little or no change to the colour and clarity issue. The main pool was closed for approximately three months.

May 2013 saw an early annual shutdown of the main pool. After doing additional repairs and maintenance, the pool reopened on May 23. It was unknown why the water clarity issue occurred.

In fall 2013, the colour issue resurfaced and the main pool was briefly closed. The provincial health ministry “strongly recommended” the city look into more professional help to fix the issue.

“In discussion with the city of Regina, they have another issue, which is with their ventilation system. They’re utilizing a consultant … Water Technologies Inc. and this company is actually a company that basically designs mechanical systems and is very involved in the pool industry,” said Hauta. “So we contacted them. We provided them a detailed history on the city’s progress on the clarity issue throughout the past year.”

He said the company did an initial review and provided some advice that has helped a little.

“But we feel that a more detailed analysis of the issue to find a conclusive solution to the issue (is needed) and to make sure that we’re finding the source of the issue so that we can address it in the future,” said Hauta. “Our goal is obviously to not have to close the main pool again.”

The issue with tendering with requests for proposals, he said, is risking not getting the consultant that will help. Previous consultants for the city were water chemists and mechanical engineers, but Water Technologies Inc. does everything. Hauta said the city spent approximately $5,000 for consultants in 2013.

“I heard from the user groups when the pool was down. It certainly hurts them a lot, almost decimates them to a point,” said Coun. Patrick Boyle. “There’s more at play here than just the water quality too. Obviously (it) has ripple effect and impacts. We need to have a look at it. We know it’s a problem.”

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Organizations: Technologies Inc., Ministry of Health

Geographic location: Wisconsin, Regina

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