SWIMMERS at River Park Leisure Centre will be diving into much cleaner and clearer water from now on following a £35,500 investment in new pool technology by Winchester City Council.

The money has been used to improve the overall swimming provision at the centre and enhance the quality of water in both the main swimming pool and the learner pool.

The enhancements involved installing a new ultraviolet system which uses UV light to sanitise the swimming pool water. This means that the amount of chlorine required to keep the water clean and clear will be significantly reduced – good news for swimmers who have sensitive skin.

Councillor Lisa Griffiths, portfolio holder for health and well-being, said: “I am so pleased that we are able to offer leisure centre customers a better swimming experience. This investment in the leisure centre will improve both the air and water quality, resulting in a more comfortable swim for everyone.”

Anti-wave lane ropes have also been fitted to the main pool to improve the swimming experience and reduce disturbances in the water.

A new giant inflatable is also available at specific times in the centre.

Stuart Urquhart, general manager at River Park Leisure Centre said: “We are really pleased that this investment will enhance our customers’ swimming experience and hope that it will inspire even more people to be active and enjoy the sessions on offer.”