NOTICE – Aquatic Centre Shutdown Extended – Update

July 4, 2014 – Update 
Further investigation of the air in the system led to a discovery of a crack in the filter tank allowing air to be suctioned into the circulation system.   Extensive fibreglass repairs were done to seal the cracks as well as other suspect areas of the tank that posed an immediate risk.  The pool is currently operating and we have staff working hard day and night to ensure the entire volume of water is filtered, heated, and balanced in time to welcome the Special Olympics to our facility on Tuesday,  July 8.  Please note that we are aiming to schedule some drop in swim times on Tuesday around the Special Olympics booking pending the mechanical system maintaining adequate levels of operation over the weekend.  The pool will re-open to the public for Toonie Swim on Saturday, July 12 at 6pm and back on our regular operating schedule on Sunday, July 13.
June 30, 2014
The Aquatic Centre shut down has been extended due to more issues identified after the first phase of repairs were completed.  Upon restarting the circulation/filtration system, there was an unusual amount of air in the pipes that resulted in a low flow rate and slow, inadequate filtration of the pool water.  The pool will remain closed until July 4, at which time an update will be provided and another extension to the closure may be required.  UBC Aquatic Centre management has been working in consultation with UBC Project Services, AME Consulting, and UBC Building Operations, with Keith Plumbing conducting all repairs.  The following work was completed to date:

  • Leaking flange on main return pipe replaced
  • Proactively replaced the main piping supply
  • New, temporary chlorine room with proper secondary containment and ventilation built so the existing chlorine room can be safely decommissioned
  • New piping and injection pump for chlorine chemical feed installed
  • Electrical interlocks and failsafe flow switches for chemical infusion pumps integrated into the system
  • Valve installed to adequately prime the main circulation pump
  • Additional bleed valves installed at high points to bleed extra air out of the system

We are committed to having the pool up and running as soon as possible.  UBC Aquatic Centre Management, Project Services, AME Engineer Consulting, Keith Plumbing, and Building Operations are working together to mitigate the existing issues and have the pool operations as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at aquatic.centre@ubc.ca  The front desk and administration office will be open Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm during this closure period.