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The cool news is that outdoor pools in the Timaru district are to open tomorrow.

CBay’s outdoor pool, and pools in Temuka, Geraldine and Pleasant Point, will open for summer.

They follow the Norman Kirk Memorial Swimming Pool in Waimate, which opened on October 24, and the Fairlie community pool on November 4.

The CBay outdoor pool’s water-filtering system had been replaced over the winter, Timaru District Council recreation facilities manager Craig Motley said.

The system had been in place since the 1970s and had needed an upgrade.

There were now two new sand filters and a new heat exchange, which would keep the pool running more smoothly over summer, he said.

The pool had been being filled this week, using almost 900,000 litres of water.

A heat exchange system had been installed at the Geraldine pool over winter.

The pool at Pleasant Point had a “soft opening” earlier this week, swimming clubs getting some use ahead of the opening tomorrow, Mr Motley said.

Options for upgrading the Temuka pool would be the subject of community consultation over summer.

There were three options to create a more child-friendly space at the pool, including dividing the current pool and having one area shallower or building a separate pool.

The current pool could be divided by a wall into a 25m lane pool and a smaller one, keeping the pool as one body of water.

This would be the cheaper option to run but would mean both areas would have to close if something disrupted either area.

A separate area with a more solid wall and separate filtering system would cost more but enable one area to remain open if the other had to close.

The options would be put out for community consultation in the coming months, Mr Motley said.

Mackenzie District Council community facilities manager Garth Nixon said Fairlie’s pool, which opened on November 4 with the incentive of a free swim, had been going “swimmingly”.

Twizel’s pool opening would be delayed while a filter was upgraded, but he expected it would be up and running in the coming weeks.

Waimate’s pool, which opened last month, was running as usual, with swimming groups, exercise classes and schools using the facilities, Waimate District Council parks and reserves manager Graeme Watts said.

“It’s been a good start because the weather’s been good.”

The council was also looking at replacing the heating system, because the current one was powered by an old coal burner, Mr Watts said.