A SWIMMING POOL lowers the water temperature, prompting swimmers to shower faster to save on electricity bills.
Arun Borough Council confirmed that the water temperature at Littlehampton Wave has been lowered to save money amid rising energy costs.
A pensioner who lives nearby said she noticed the temperature had dropped when she went for a morning swim.
She said: “I noticed a slight drop in temperature but nothing significant.
“I support it because we’re trying to save money at home by doing the same things.
“We don’t want to lose our facilities, so if they can save money that way, I support it.”
Another father who went swimming with his daughter said he noticed the water was a bit chilly.
The charitable foundation Freedom Leisure, which has been appointed by Arun County Council to operate four leisure facilities in the area – including Littlehampton Wave – has also urged swimmers to take shorter showers to save energy and costs.
A spokesman for the council said: “Freedom Leisure sees its energy bills increasing by many millions of pounds and has had to make small operational changes to reduce energy use and reduce its impact on the environment.”
It comes after Freedom Leisure told Brighton and Hove councilors it is reducing opening hours at its locations around the city as costs are set to soar to more than £1million next year.
Proposed changes would result in later opening and earlier closing of leisure centers in the city, with some residents complaining it will affect their use of the services.
A briefing to councilors explained that “users of leisure centers in Brighton and Hove will be affected if the centers cannot afford to operate as contracted”.
While some centers would be affected by just half an hour from the proposed opening hours changes on weekdays, others would reduce their weekend services by up to three hours.
Freedom Leisure has been contacted for comment.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23008924.littlehampton-pool-urges-swimmers-take-shorter-showers/?ref=rss Littlehampton Pool urges swimmers to take shorter showers