Pool air quality improving, City of Regina says

Air quality at Regina's Lawson Aquatic centre is improving, according to City Hall.

Long-term plan for Lawson Aquatic Centre in the works

Air quality at Regina's Lawson Aquatic centre is improving, according to City Hall.

Over the past year, swimmers have complained about feeling sick and having chest tightness after using the pool, the largest of its kind in the city.

City officials and swimmers groups and other interested parties held a meeting Thursday night to discuss the situation.

The city said it has taken several measures, including increasing air circulation to reduce chlorine odours.

Chris Holden, the City of Regina's director of community services, said the city is receiving fewer complaints.

"We believe that these interim measures are having a positive impact," Holden said.

The city has promised independent consultant reports will be completed in January.

However, Nick Egarhos, president of the Regina Optimist Dolphin Swim, said plans for a more permanent fix should have been completed sooner.

"We were hoping to see some concrete action plans on how they were going to implement some long-term solutions," he said.

For now, as interim measures, the city is using fans, has shut down the hot tub, and is heating up the air to prevent evaporation.

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