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CAMBRIDGESHIRE CHILDREN MAKE A SPLASH IN RE-OPENED POOL A school has been victorious in saving its swimming pool from permanent closure. Stapleford Primary School feared it would follow suit of the hundreds of pools across the country that have had to shut for good.

But a massive £21,000 fundraising effort means children and community groups are still able to reap the benefits of swimming. The outdoor pool was open every year for more than half a century, but was partially closed for the first time last year because it had fallen into disrepair, with fears it would never open again.


A new swimming pool could be built in Slough as part of £3.5m proposals to shape the town’s future leisure provisions.

Cllr Martin Carter,

Commissioner for Community & Leisure, said: “The old style ‘build it and they will come’ method of providing leisure facilities is no longer as relevant in today’s world or in our town.

“It is no longer about how many people do an organised sport – play organised football, tennis or regularly go to the gym – but about people walking in the park with their dog, throwing a frisbee with their kids, jigging away at a Bollywood dance session. “By providing the facilities which are so desperately needed – such as a new swimming pools – and combining those with programmes and activities in parks and community centres, we can help people be more active and more often – maybe even those who are not active at present.”

Helping To Reduce The Risk Of Entrapment Incidents In Pools

Suction outlet grilles located on the pool floor are often fascinating features to children when they first learn to swim underwater, particularly when the water suction is strong enough to be felt. Although entertaining, if the strength of suction becomes too high and no fail safe mechanisms have been installed in the sumps, then this can provide a significant, and sometimes fatal, hazard.

Official HSE Standards in the UK include measures to help prevent this, such as recommendations for a maximum flow rate of no more than 0.5m/s at outlets and a requirement for two outlets per pool. Despite

this, incidents still occur due to the high cost of installing new plumbing and the inability to identify potential hazards. It is imperative that anti-vortex grilles are used: • When there is a single sump • When there are signs of a vortex,

• To provide protection against entrapment due to suction,

• To provide protection against trapped fingers by using the correct type of grille.

Commercial & Specialised Diving can install anti-vortex grilles at a low cost as an effective alternative to new pipe work, with little or no disruption to the day to day running of your pool. These are raised grilles that allow water to pass both through the face of the grille as well as the perimeter between the grille and pool floor. This design means that it is extremely

unlikely for all openings to be covered simultaneously, greatly reducing the risk of entrapment. Commercial & Specialised Diving keep a variety of anti- vortex grilles in stock that can quickly be installed underwater by their divers, to ensure that they can rectify any identified entrapment hazards as quickly as possible.

Commercial & Specialised Diving Ltd 01202 580007

Fast And Effective Leak Detection Goes Swimmingly Well For Pool Owner

When the UK’s weather gets warmer, plumbers, installers and swimming pool engineers up and down the country are called as customers discover they have a leak in their swimming pool – often due to the freezing temperatures during the winter months.

When one such customer noticed they were losing around 5cm of water from their concrete constructed pool every day, they called the original installer in to find the leak. The search was unsuccessful, so the installer called Polygon, one of Europe’s market leaders in property damage restoration and pioneer in leak detection. Polygon’s Leak Detection Service provides a non-destructive solution to finding hidden leaks.

In contrast to traditional methods of large-scale excavation, Polygon utilise specialist equipment coupled with technical expertise to locate hidden leaks quickly and accurately, saving both time and money.

As a first step, Tracer Gas was employed to measure the pressure of the water inlet and a pressure drop was noted.

Further tests to other water feeds were conducted, with no drop in pressure indicated, suggesting that the water feeds were in order. As a last resort the pool had to be emptied and inspections of the pool lights were undertaken. It became evident that the seal between the cable and flush box was deficient and water had penetrated the lights. After closer inspection it was clear that the light box was leaking. Remedial action was quickly undertaken by the installer.

The fast and efficient discovery of the leak by Polygon enabled a quick repair and little disruption to the customer.

Polygon 01480 442327

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