Water leak means Alberni’s Echo Pool won’t open as planned

Staff discovered a leak in the caulking of the main pool at Echo Centre, forcing a delay in opening after summer maintenance.

A significant leak in the caulking at Echo Pool means the facility will not open on Sunday, Sept. 16 as planned.

Caulking of the main pool tank failed, and the pool has had to be drained. Staff are consulting with sealant suppliers in order to obtain suitable replacement materials and delivery dates, according to a press release from the parks and recreation department.

Once material has been purchased it will take approximately 11 days to seal the tank, allow the caulk to dry, clean the tank and fill it again. This means the pool will open on Sept. 30 at the earliest.

“This is extremely disappointing and frustrating for staff as we have completed a wide variety of shutdown tasks and were on schedule for re-opening on Sunday, Sept. 16,” a spokesperson noted in the release.