Pool proposal causes a splash

POOL owners could lose control over the times they can operate their filter pumps if new government legislation is passed.

The legislation would allow power distributors to remotely switch off pool pumps during peak times in exchange for cheaper electricity when they are on.

The peak times are late afternoons and early evenings in summer.

This would affect the 10,000 new pools which are built in Queensland every year, with existing pools not being included in the proposal.

Energy Minister Stephen Robertson has said the proposal would reduce power bills and the demand on electricity at peak times.

“I'm advised the proposal is expected to save the average pool owner $180 a year on what their pool would have otherwise cost to run,” he said.

However Donemans Pool Centre owners Kevin and Robyn Doneman disagree.

“The proposal is expected to save the average pool owner $180 a year on pool running costs, but when you take into consideration electricians costs to disconnect the pump from hard wiring when it needs repairs, the savings would be minimal,” said Mr Doneman.

“Pools that are solar heated would be another problem as pumps have to run in daylight hours to heat the pools using the sun to save on heating costs and save on power bills. Also pools with solar blankets have to run at certain times of the day to gain maximum benefit saving water, chemicals and powder,” he said.

Mrs Doneman said the change may also be hazardous to the health of swimmers.

“Salt chlorinators are designed to generate chlorine when the pump is running and this would restrict chlorination to dangerous levels making pools unsafe to swim and cause unhealthy swimming conditions for children as chlorine levels are at their lowest in the afternoon,” she said.



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