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Posted: Thursday 6th November 2014

After Tonbridge Swimming Pool was forced to close due to flooding, a major repair project led by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council saw the centre fully restored and re-opened to the public within just 12 weeks. Evoqua Water Technologies was one of a number of contractors involved in the reinstatement project.

The Kent based leisure centre was forced to close its doors to its 600 daily customers following a flash flood earlier this year, which caused extensive damage to its lower plant room.

With an existing partnership with the leisure centre, Evoqua Water Technologies was called in and took immediate action to rectify the damage, which initially included the replacement of variable speed drives to re-activate the pool’s disinfection system, as well as the installation of a new flow meter.

As well as facing tight time constraints, initial limited access to lighting due to electrical damage at the site also made for challenging work, with most of the emergency repairs being carried out by torch light.

Once the basic pool systems were back up and running, Evoqua went on to replace the pool’s dosing lines which were partly damaged in the flooding, as well as install a brand new circulation system in the centre’s spa.

Extensive work was also carried out at the centre’s outdoor pool, which included taking preventative measures such as installing the variable speed drives above flood level in the plant room to avoid damage being caused should another flood strike.

Stuart Edwards, Property Services Officer at Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, said, “As with any organisation that is hit by flooding, we faced a major repair operation which as well as the replacement of equipment included an extensive clean-up. The responsiveness of all those involved including Evoqua Water Technologies meant we were able to complete these works in the minimum amount of time and reopen our doors to the public at the earliest possible opportunity.”

Gareth Butland, technical support at Evoqua Water Technologies, added, “In the unfortunate case of flooding, it’s vital that immediate action is taken to minimise the extent of damage to equipment as well as disruption to customers. Due to our existing partnership with Tonbridge Pool, we were familiar with the centre’s layout and equipment which effectively made it easier for us to act promptly to deliver a highly responsive and effective emergency strategy.

“Through our partnership with the centre, we’re committed to ensuring the right systems and solutions are in place so the centre’s thousands of customers can continue to fully benefit from the facilities on offer.”

With the leisure centre being closed while it underwent repairs, Evoqua also took the opportunity to carry out thorough maintenance work across the centre’s water network, an activity which usually involves the scheduled annual shut down of the site, so as to avoid closing the doors to customers again at a later date.

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