THE City of Bayswater will spend about $100,000 to replace the main electrical distribution board at Bayswater Waves, after an electrical short circuit forced the closure of several pools and a spa last week.
Councillors unanimously supported an urgent motion at their February 11 meeting to allow chief executive Andrew Brien to spend a maximum of $100,000 from the Bayswater Waves Aquatic Centre Reserve fund for the design and replacement of the electrical distribution board in the wave plant room and associated electrical works.
This decision comes after an electrical short circuit erupted in the electrical distribution board in the wave plant room at 9pm on February 5.
Bayswater Waves staff reported to the City that they heard a large ‘bang’ coming from the room.
As a result of the incident, the wave, hydrotherapy and toddler pools and spa were closed for half a day because the board provided power to circulate, chlorinate and heat the pools.
UPDATE – All facilities are back up and running. Apologies again for any inconvenience caused.______Bayswater Waves…
The City’s electrical contractor inspected the board, removed the burnt parts and recommended a full replacement of the board.
The contractor believed the main components of the board’s infrastructure were ageing and presented a risk of future outages and staff safety and the design was not compliant with current standards.
Mayor Dan Bull, who gained support to drop the officer’s recommended spend of $150,000 to $100,000, said an officer’s report indicated that the works could cost between $50,000 and $100,000.
Cr Barry McKenna said the council needed to make sure the work was undertaken following the forced closure of the pools.
Community development director Des Abel said the boards were tested annually and an thermal imaging check in 2017 found no issues.