Dive into clearer waters at local swimming pool

Swimmers at River Park Leisure Centre will be diving into much cleaner and clearer water from now onwards, thanks to a £35.5K investment in new swimming pool technology by Winchester City Council.

The money has been used to improve the overall swimming provision at the centre and enhance the quality of water in both the main swimming pool and the learner pool.

These enhancements involved installing a new ultraviolet system which uses UV light to sanitise the swimming pool water. This means that the amount of chlorine required to keep the water clean and clear will be significantly reduced – good news for swimmers who have sensitive skin.

Cllr Lisa Griffiths, portfolio holder for health and well-being commented:

I am so pleased that we are able to offer leisure centre customers a better swimming experience. This investment in the leisure centre will improve both the air and water quality, resulting in a more comfortable swim for everyone.

Anti-wave lane ropes have also been fitted to the main pool to improve the swimming experience and reduce disturbances in the water.

A new giant inflatable – guaranteed to make pool time fun for the whole family – is also available at specific times in the centre. Look out for Inflatable Fun sessions on the swimming pool timetable.

Stuart Urquhart, general manager at River Park Leisure Centre said:

'We are really pleased that this investment will enhance our customers’ swimming experience and hope that it will inspire even more people to be active and enjoy the sessions on offer.

For more information please contact Amanda Ford, head of sport and physical activity, at aford@winchester.gov.uk.