'No plans' to drop temperature at South Tyneside Council-run pools to save cash

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Leisure chiefs have confirmed there are no plans to introduce cost saving reductions in the water temperatures in South Tyneside Council-run swimming pools.

A number of local authorities around the country have announced that they will lower settings by 1C, which can result in savings of up to 10% in the energy used to heat pools.

Neighbouring Sunderland City Council has introduced such a measure for this reason.

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Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group guidelines state that the water in a swimming pool should have a temperature of between 26 and 32 degrees.

The pool Haven Point, South Shields.The pool Haven Point, South Shields.
The pool Haven Point, South Shields.

The council runs three swimming pools: at Haven Point in South Shields, Hebburn Central and Jarrow Community pool on Fields Terrace.

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The Gazette asked South Tyneside Council about plans, or potential plans to turn down the heating at the three pools.

A council spokesperson said simply: “At this time there are no plans to reduce the temperatures in our swimming pools.”