Sask. spa 'shocked' by order to close pool
Manitou Springs, a popular tourist resort in Saskatchewan, has been forced to close its mineral pool over a dispute with health authorities over water filtration standards.
"We are shocked and upset over this recent decision by the department of health to take our pool license from us," said a statement from management of the hotel and mineral spa, located in central Saskatchewan.
The notice was posted late Friday on the resort's website. It says the pool licences were pulled effective at the end of Friday.
Calls Saturday to Manitou Springs were not immediately returned.
The resort said it has closed its pool, but a hotel and other elements of the business remain open.
"Please note that the department of health's sudden decision has had nothing to do with any spa patron's illness," the statement pointed out. "We take great pride in keeping our water very clean."
It explained that its skimmers, which clean spa water piped in from a nearby lake, have become encrusted with mineral deposits. As a result, the system falls short of regulated standards.
However, the resort says its operations compensate for that.
"We have proven to the department of health, with a recent comprehensive engineer's report, that our pool water flows through our filter system approximately 14 times per day," the statement said. "The minimum required turnover of any pool is four times a day through its filter system."
The statement said they were disappointed officials would not give them any time to attempt to address the build-up on its pipes.
"We ultimately view this as an unfair attack on what we feel is a world class resort and spa," the statement added.
Calls to government officials on Saturday only reached voicemail.
Manitou Beach, Sask., where the spa is located, is just north of Watrous and is about 100 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.