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£800,000 revamp for
Work has begun on a project to
refurbish one of Harrow’s
swimming pools. Heatsavr, the liquid pool cover transparent monomolecular
£800,000 is being invested in believes it can offer an effective layer over the surface of the
Hatch End Swimming Pool, way towards compliance for pool. This monolayer can
revamping changing facilities, Carbon Reduction Commitment significantly reduce evaporation,
repairing cracks in the pool floor (CRC) which comes in to force which not only saves on water
and overhauling the layout of the from April 2010. heating but more importantly,
building. Adam Nash, contract “Reducing CO
emissions with indoor pools it enables
manager in Harrow for Leisure and energy costs are now significant reductions in the cost
Connection, the company which seriously in focus and this of humidity control and air
runs the pool said: “For the over offers qualifying organisations heating requirements.
60s and schools this is going to be with swimming pools, a Bob White of Heatsaver, who
Bob White: ”Heatsavr is the nearest
a lot better place to come. The simple, inexpensive and introduced Heatsavr to the you can get to fit and forget.”
changing facilities are growing in effective way towards European market over six years
size, disabled access will be compliance,” said Bob White. ago says: “The advantages over automatically whenever the
improved and the pool will be a One of the latest conventional forms of cover are pool water conditions allow,
lot more user friendly.” organisations to adopt many but one of the beauties of unlike conventional covers
£50,000 has been earmarked Heatsavr is Park Resorts Group Heatsavr is that it really is the which can only be applied when
for a brand new plant room, who claims the largest number nearest you can get to fit and the pool is closed – and the pool
meaning the pool water will now of branded Holiday Parks in the forget. Apart from periodically water doesn’t have to be
be treated with a UV system. UK. So far 12 of their sites have checking and replenishing the completely still for Heatsavr to
taken on Heatsavr and it is Heatsavr liquid reservoir, the work – it works to a greater or
expected that most other only other attention is an annual lesser degree dependant on
Watford pool delays resorts within the group will be inspection of the simple pool activity. So, many pools
Hopes of a September opening to equipped with Heatsavr before peristaltic dosing pump. that have quiet periods or that
the swimming complex at the the start of the 2010 season. “Another distinct advantage have varying loads will still
William Penn Leisure Centre in Heatsavr, a biodegradable is flexibility. Available 24 hours a benefit from the Heatsavr cover
Watford have been dashed. After liquid, works by forming a day Heatsavr works even during opening hours.”
months of speculation Three Rivers
District Council has admitted it
didn’t know when the project would
finally be finished. The council
began its multi-million pound
redevelopment of the Mill End British parents see learning to swim as a key skill they want their children to have – coming second only to
facility in March 2007, with work on academic success. A new survey commissioned by the British Gas Free Swim initiative, reveals that a fifth
two new pools expected to open of parents asked never visit their local swimming pool. The biggest obstacles for mums when it comes to
just 12 months later. The pool taking a dip were lack of time and feeling body conscious. Nearly one in five mums (18%) say that feeling
complex, however, remains closed uncomfortable in swimwear stops them braving the water with the kids. While the local pool is
to taxpayers after a series of delays overwhelmingly considered an important part of the local community, dads are perhaps taking swimming
and cancellations. It was reported less seriously admitting they’d miss the local pub more than the local pool if it were to close down. With
that damage to the pools’ drainage one in five primary school children unable to swim 25 metres – and in some areas just 9% of 11 year olds
system could sink any hopes of a able to swim – British Gas is providing a range of activities designed to get families in the water.
2009 opening – a suggestion angrily
denied by the council.
Patented moss system
A new mascot for school swimming lessons
A patented system developed by Primary school children will be dangers of water and the this vital skill. Every year, our
Creative Water Solutions in the in for a treat this next academic benefits of being able to swim. swimming development team
United States uses sphagnum year when they meet the latest These visits are part of the spends a lot of time working
moss to keep backyard swimming addition to help them learn to ongoing Barnsley Premier with schools to educate young
pools clean. This year, a public swim. The grey furry Dolphin is Leisure ‘swimming for schools’ people about the risks of
aquatic complex in the United the new swimming mascot and initiative which has educated playing in lakes, rivers and the
States conducted the first large- will be accompanying the hundreds of young people in the sea. The aim of the programme
scale commercial test of the swimming development team region about the importance of is to protect young people,
system, which significantly reduces when visiting primary schools to taking swimming lessons. giving them the best possible
the amount of chlorine required. help educate pupils about the Edward Lim, BPL’s Swimming chance of survival should an
“I think this is going to have a Development Manager, explains: emergency occur in water and
dramatic effect and change the “A recent survey revealed that ultimately to prevent loss of life.”
whole aquatic industry,” said pool just under half of all key stage All BPL swimming instructors
industry veteran Thomas Schaffer. two pupils cannot swim before have ASA qualifications, the
“We saw a one-third decline in they start secondary school which swimming school boasts one of
chlorine demand for the water shows how important it is to the highest STAmark scores and
immediately. We’re now using educate the next generation has five fantastic swimming
two-thirds less chlorine.” about the importance of learning venues to offer.
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