Spa owner hopes to reopen pools for summer
The owner of the Manitou Springs Hotel and Mineral Spa says he may be able to reopen his pools, closed a week ago over filtration issues, in time for the summer tourist season.
Dwight Hayter met with health officials on Friday and said he is working on finding a way to deal with a mineral build-up on the pool's piping system.
The Saskatoon Health Region shut down the spa on April 30, citing deficiencies in the water filtration system.
The spa pools are a key tourist feature of the village of Manitou Beach, which is located near Watrous, Sask., about 100 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.
The pool water is brought in from the nearby lake, which has unique mineral properties.
Hayter said that publicity about the spa being closed has produced potential leads on finding a solution to the mineral problem.
"Due to the media frenzy ... we've had a lot of people contact us," Hayter said Friday. "Different products and companies with some different solutions to try and clean our skimmer problems. So we're very happy about that and will continue to aggressively pursue all the measures that we need to get those clean."
Hayter said the spa pools will remain closed while the cleaning work is done.
He said he is optimistic he may be able to reopen in time for summer.
Twenty-four staff were laid off when the pools closed.