Swimming pool closes after water ‘disappears overnight’

FERMANAGH and Omagh District Council (FODC) has blamed a “technical issue” for the closure of the main pool at Omagh Leisure Complex for over four days.

It is understood that staff at the leisure centre arrived last Friday morning to find the main pool empty of water. A picture was emailed to this newspaper with the caption, “The latest disaster – a swimming pool with no water.”

The sender added that the photograph was taken at 7am on Friday morning and the water had “disappeared overnight”. Initial efforts to re-fill the pool proved unsuccessful and FODC then announced that it would be closed until further notice.


On the leisure complex’s Facebook page, the council confirmed that swimming lessons were being cancelled until yesterday (Wednesday).

After being contacted by the UH about the closure, a spokesperson for FODC said that there had been a “technical issue” with a pool valve that resulted in the water level in the main pool being reduced.

Speaking on Tuesday, the council spokesperson said that the problem had been resolved and the water level had since returned to normal.
The pool subsequently re-opened on Tuesday afternoon.

“Swimming lessons have been rescheduled and refunds or another date will be offered to all our customers who have enrolled for swimming classes,” the council spokesperson added. Last month, Omagh Leisure Complex had to apologise for any inconvenience being caused to members of the public by the frequent closure of the council-owned facility’s hot tub.

At the time, the council stated that there had been “some issues” with the hot tub that had been outside of Omagh Leisure Complex’s control.


A picture submitted by a reader of the empty pool in Omagh Leisure Complex.



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