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Quake damage keeps Taumarunui pool closed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/12/2016

The central North Island town of Taumarunui will be without its outdoor swimming pool through most of the summer because further repairs are needed to earthquake damage.

The effects of the 7.8-magnitude Kaikoura quake five weeks ago are worse than first thought, with water continuing to escape.

Ruapehu District Council had emptied the pool to plug the leaks that had originally been identified.

But property team leader Rebecca Van Orden says that, during the refill, water was still being lost at an unsustainable rate.

"Finding and repairing leaks in a pool this size is extremely difficult," she said.

"We have had a staff member diving down with a dye to try and identify where water may be leaking out along the pool seams. However, this was somewhat inconclusive."

Mrs Van Orden said the council had hoped to have the complex open all summer,

But the pool would now be drained for more extensive and expensive repairs, meaning it would be closed until at least early February, she said.

"The Taumarunui pool is very popular with the local kids over the long, hot days of summer so it's very unfortunate that we need to do this."

Mrs Van Orden said council was in discussion with the operator of the Taumarunui High School pool to see if the public could swim there for the same entry fee.

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