A specialist firm has been brought in to carry out a full survey of the water system at Walton on the Naze Lifestyles following a discovery of the Legionella bacteria.
The site on The Esplanade has been closed since Friday – and will remain so until the issue is completely resolved.
Tendring District Council (TDC), which runs the swimming pool and fitness centre, hopes to reopen around the first week in the New Year if possible.
The Council is thanking customers for their patience while the survey, and any works required are undertaken and pre-paying customers are to be compensated.
The specialist firm was commissioned yesterday following a lengthy meeting between TDC officers, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Public Health England as well as a range of contractors and specialists involved with a recent refurbishment completed in April.
Lynda McWilliams, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing, said it was a very thorough meeting covering all areas.
“All the various possible sources for the Legionella were discussed and we are in the process of putting together a comprehensive action plan based on those discussions,” she said.
“The firm we have brought in expect to carry out the survey and report back their findings by the end of the week.
“TDC will then undertake any work and changes to procedures recommended by the specialists – taking on board all points they raise.
“The aim is to reopen the site as soon as is practicably possible but only when we are 100 percent satisfied that everything has been resolved. We will be doing the maximum – not the minimum – to deal with this matter.
“As I have stated before the health and wellbeing of all our customers is our top priority and no stone will be left unturned. We sincerely thank our customers for their patience at this time.”
Cllr McWilliams said the New Year reopening will depend on the outcome of the survey and level of work needed to be carried out.
Compensation paid will depend on the length of the closure.
TDC was informed last month by Public Health England that a customer of the site had been admitted to Colchester Hospital with Legionnaires Disease.
Test samples were taken from a shower area in the fitness suite which had been used by the man, who is now out of hospital and recovering, and was seen as a potential source. The showers were immediately closed for use.
The samples, which was analysed at a laboratory, proved positive for Legionella.
While there are no indications that this issue could arise at any of TDC’s other facilities a review of procedures will be carried out at all sites.