The EA Networks Centre pool will be a cool reprieve for people looking to escape the heat this summer, with a new air conditioning system set to be installed and ready for use this month.
A new air conditioning unit is expected to arrive at the EANC on Tuesday 12 December, and once fitted, it will help keep temperatures inside the pool area at a comfortable level, no matter how high the mercury rises outside.
Council Service Delivery Group Manager Neil McCann says the cooling units will be a welcome addition to the indoor pools, as Mid Canterbury temperatures continue to heat up.
"Council was adamant that this summer, we would ensure the EANC would be comfortable for both visitors and staff inside the pool area. We got to work earlier this year making sure everything would be ready for the units to be fitted, and have just been waiting on the units to arrive in the district. Once hooked up, we expect they'll be operational from 22 December.
"The new system will be fantastic for the community, particularly on those very hot days we tend to experience in January and February, when people are looking for somewhere to cool off out of the sun. We're really looking forward to having the system up and running."
The Council was forced to close the pool on one afternoon in February this year, when temperatures inside the area reached 31 degrees Celsius, making it unsafe for staff and visitors to be inside. The new air conditioner is expected to address this hazard so that visitors can continue accessing the pool, regardless of the weather outside.
The EANC pool is open 6.00am – 9.00pm Monday to Friday, and 7.00am – 7.00pm on weekends. Pool admission prices are available on the EANC website www.eanetworkscentre.co.nz