Mount Maunganui hot pools are back up to temperature today, after an electrical fault shut the pools down for part of the long weekend.
The pools at the base of Mauao were closed after staff noticed the pools were cold on Sunday morning.
Mount Maunganui hot pools were forced to close when an electrical fault caused the temperature to drop.
Tauranga City Aquatics Limited CEO Tania Delahunty says an electrical fault in a pump caused the temperature to drop.
“It was a fault on the earthing of the bore pump. We don’t know why it was caused, it could have been the hot temperatures. It was just an unexpected fault the staff found it when they opened up.”
The hot pools work by pumping hot salt water from an underground bore to heat the seawater used in the pools. The pump is below the ground at the bottom of the bore.
“Steve Miller brought the pump up and we just had to work to reinstate it,” says Tania.
“Everything’s back up and running again now, as of yesterday.
“We have to appreciate that while we did a lot of work in refurbishment, the bore is an older part so we have now got a hybrid facility there where some of the stuff is brand new and some of it is old.”
A replacement of all the Mount hot pools infrastructure and ancillary equipment was planned as part of the $9million redevelopment project halted by owners Tauranga City Council.
Repairs to pipework and a partial refurbishment were undertaken in winter 2011, when the pools were forced to close for repairs.