Swimming Club makes clean sweep

Some of the group of swimming club members who cleaned the municipal swimming pool.
Some of the group of swimming club members who cleaned the municipal swimming pool.

Thanks to hours of work by members of the Carletonville Swimming Club, all Carletonville residents will soon be
able to beat the sweltering heat and cool off in the Carletonville municipal swimming pool once again.
According to the coach, Gerrie Grove, known by many as ‘Oom Gerrie’, the municipal swimming pool was closed to the public since before Christmas because it was extremely murky.
As this is the middle of the swimming season and the club members needed the training, they continued using it over the festive season. These swimmers are used to taking on the murky water of dams.
Last week, however, things got so bad that they decided to tackle the problem themselves, once and for all.
‘I was using chemicals but they did not help anymore. I was already around when this pool was opened in 1982 but I cannot remember the water ever being removed and the pool properly cleaned,’ says Grove.
On Wednesday, 10 January, while the water was being drained, young and old members of the Carletonville Swimming Club got into the pool with their brooms to sweep out the sand that had accumulated at the bottom over the years.
With the help of the Merafong City Local Municipality, all this debris was removed and, by Tuesday, the municipality
was already refilling the pool.
‘The water purification system has been malfunctioning for a while, now, and this has affected the water quality.
The analysis indicated the need for total filtration system maintenance.
‘The process involved removing the pool water and fixing the defective filters. The Carletonville swimming pool is currently closed while the process is being initiated. The swimming club and other users were consulted on the matter and the members volunteered to participate in the cleaning process between 8 and 11 January 2018.
‘The pool remains closed until the maintenance process has been finalised,’ a municipal spokesperson announced.
‘The Fochville swimming pool is maintained regularly as scheduled and the users of the Fochville swimming
pool have not reported any problems so far,’ the spokesperson replied.
This is the only other municipal swimming pool that is still in use in Merafong.
In the meantime, members of the swimming club will be tackling a swim at the Cradle Moon Lakeside Lodge at
Muldersdrift on Sunday, even though they have not been able to practise for the past week or so. This swim is an
important seeding event for the Midmar Mile that takes place on 10 and
11 February.

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