Leisurelink Aquatic Centre

Thursday, 30 November 2017

We (the City of Greater Geelong) regret and apologise for any discomfort or distress caused to patrons of our Leisurelink Aquatic Centre, involved in last night’s incident.

Our risk assessor is working with Worksafe this morning to determine the cause of irritating vapours that led to the emergency evacuation of the Centre just before 6:00pm last night.

We do know the facility experienced a power outage at the time, which lasted for about 30 minutes.

When power was restored, the plant room resumed injecting disinfectant agent into the pool water.

This caused a natural chloramines reaction, which resulted in an elevated odour, especially in the children’s pool area.

We believe this odour led to some breathing irritation for some of the children in the pool at the time.

Once alerted, our staff followed normal procedures and evacuated the facility; they also called emergency service responders.

We have determined that at no time was there a leak of any form of gas.

Our computer records also indicate that at no time did the disinfectant dosing levels into the pool exceed normal limits, set by health authorities.

Worksafe gave approval last night for the pool to reopen today, and the pool is now open and operating as normal.

Again, we regret and apologise for any distress or discomfort caused to any patient, and urges anyone with health concerns to visit their local GP, or call Nurse-on-Call on 1300 606 024.