Seems a few of the local ocean pools are looking a little ‘weedy’.
Wombarra and Coledale have both reportedly turned a murky shade of brown, but Council says things are on the improve!
And with this week’s large swells, we might be back swimming in them this weekend.
A Council spokesman says because the pools are tidal, they need low tides and low swells to clean the pools out, then large swells to refill the pools once the cleaning has been completed.
“We’ve a four-person rock pool crew that is responsible for the regular cleaning of each of the city’s nine coastal rock pools.,” he sys. “The crew will clean each of the pools every three to four weeks, depending on conditions. However, if there have been big seas that result in a large dump of sand or seaweed into the pools, they will be cleaned more regularly.
“The pools are inspected weekly and from this a maintenance schedule is established based on need. As part of this work, the crew will take into consideration the weather forecast as well as predicted tides and the availability of equipment such as bobcats and large excavators to carry out the work required.
Coledale rock pool was cleaned last week. However, large swells deposited weed straight back in. This will be removed by the pool crew later this week.
Wombarra rock pool benefits from the movement of tides and seas to naturally remove seaweed. However, if this doesn’t occur, Council will consider closing the pool for maintenance.”