Bungay Pool reopens after Legionnaires fears

The Bungay Swimming Pool remain shut for the rest of 2018 after a heating issue. Picture: Contribute

The Bungay Swimming Pool remain shut for the rest of 2018 after a heating issue. Picture: Contributed by Bungay Pool and Gym - Credit: Archant

A town’s swimming pool has reopened, days after being forced to shut their doors amid fears of Legionnaires’ disease.

Bungay Pool and Gym welcomed visitors back to the centre after work was carried out to install heating units to regulate water temperatures.

The centre closed last week after concerns the fluctuating water temperatures could result in an increase of bacteria which causes the disease.

After reopening the gym earlier this week following the installation of temporary welfare units, including toilets, wash basins and hot and cold water, the swimming pool has now followed suit.

In a statement on Facebook, Bungay Pool and Gym said: “Following the successful work by WDC contractors, we are pleased to announce that the new units are now installed and functioning meaning that we have good water and air temperature.

“From 11am on Friday February 8, we were open as usual and will be removing the temporary units in due course.

“Again, we would like to thank you for your patience and deeply apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.

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“We will be maintaining additional monitoring of the water system and will provide further correspondence to members and customers in due course.”

The pool was closed at the end of last year as engineers worked to repair the boilers in the pool.

Speaking at the time of the closure, a spokesperson for Waveney District Council said: “Legionella occurs naturally, at low levels, in the water supply and temperature control ordinarily prevents it from posing any risk.

“However, because of the current fluctuations in water temperature, this process cannot be guaranteed.

“Therefore, even if there is only the smallest chance that the levels of bacteria could rise, it is entirely appropriate to take action which puts public health first.”