Extending Pool Use (TN63)

PWTAG Technical notes are updates or new material for the standards and guidance given in the PWTG book, Swimming Pool Water and the PWTAG Code of practice and should be read in association with these publications.

The operators of smaller pools – hotel, private, school etc – often want to extend their use, usually by letting them out. In the case of private pools this must be preceded by planning permission for a change of use and an upgrade in insurance.

Extending pool use means more bathers than the pool is used to – and perhaps more than it is designed for and can cope with. Unsatisfactory or even unhealthy bathing conditions can result. But it is a reasonable option, if properly planned. This technical note deals primarily with the practical implications and solutions of increasing bather numbers.

This means assessing the capability of the existing swimming pool water treatment plant to maintain satisfactory water quality and a safe and healthy experience for bathers. But there are also other considerations: the type of users, the adequacy of the changing rooms and toilets, accessibility – as well as the legal and insurance implications of hiring to other bodies.


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