Grant to heat pools

A geothermal bore harvests solar heat stored in the outer layer of the earth and is one of the most energy-efficient forms of heating for aquatic facilities.

While the installation date has not been set, it is estimated the bore would save the City about $170,000 on its gas bills a year to heat the Leisureplex’s 50m lap pool, leisure pool, spa and sauna.

The Minister for Energy and Riverton MLA Mike Nahan said the grant was made possible through the Government’s Community Sport and Recreation Fund.

‘Geothermal heating of pools is one of the most energy efficient forms of heating for aquatic facilities and will provide the Riverton local community with a first-class facility well into the future,’ Dr Nahan said.

A City of Canning spokesman said the City expected to know the outcome of its application for Federal funding for the proposed retrofitting of the Leisureplex by June.