New hydroslide needs fixing

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 10:37 22/08/2013
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Damaged: Kapiti's new hydroslide needs repairing after a chlorine overdose.
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Less than a fortnight after its opening the $21 million Coastlands Aquatic Centre faces the temporary closure of its hydroslide.

It follows rolling closures of the slide as staff deal with problems caused by its automated chlorination system.

Aquatic facilities manager Alison Law said there have been instances in which the automated system has allowed chlorine levels to get too high.

Ms Law said a silicone seal was damaged by high levels of chlorine in the chute and was replaced.

Meanwhile the slide will still need further, separate, work to boost its sealants, which will see it temporarily shut.

"Extra sealants will need to be applied throughout the structure as part of regular maintenance, not as a result of any chemical damage. It is likely that this will happen sooner rather than later and, when it does, the hydroslide will be closed for a time," she said.

The cost, when the closure might take place, and its duration are not yet known, with staff to meet suppliers, Ms Law said.

Ms Law said more than 2200 people visited the facility last weekend, and 270 had joined swim classes.

There have been plenty of positive comments and understanding from patrons while the centre is still being finished, she said.

Following concerns by patrons about the heat in the main pool hall, Ms Law said work is still under way on windows that open automatically when the facility gets too warm.

"I can assure people that the windows will be working by summer. In addition there is an exhaust fan that will take out excess heat."

Ms Law said some tiles suffered minor earthquake damage from last Friday's quake, but their repair will be covered by insurance.

Pool users are encouraged to fill out suggestion forms so pool management can track and address recurring issues.

"This is a community facility and we encourage public feedback to allow us to tweak our programmes and make sure everybody is happy and catered for," Ms Law said.

Construction on the project came to a halt this year after the Waitangi Day collapse of contractor Mainzeal.

Delays in the project saw the Turkish representative from the hydroslide company forced to return home without staying to oversee its construction.

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