The Whakatāne Aquatic and Fitness Centre covered outdoor pool will be closed to the public from Monday, 19 July to Thursday, 22 July to enable investigation work to be carried out to determine the source of a water leak.

Whakatāne District Council Aquatics and Recreation Manager Andrew Smith says the work needs to be done to identify what’s going on so the problem can be fixed.

“We’ve noticed that we’ve been losing water volume in the past few days so we want to find out what’s going on before it gets worse,” says Mr Smith. “The investigation work requires lowering the swimming pool level so a specialist team can enter the balance tank and carry out pressure testing on the pipes, and an inspection of the concrete in the balance tank.”

“Until the investigations have been completed, we won’t know what may be required to stop the leak.”

Mr Smith notes that the remaining Aquatic Centre facilities, including the indoor 25m pool, learner pools, spas, hydroslide and Fitness Centre will all be available during this time.

Whakatāne District Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by the emergency investigation work and thanks Aquatic Centre customers for their patience while this issue is resolved.