New geothermal pool a 'game changer'
A new beachside public swimming pool located in the Perth suburb of Scarborough is being hailed as a 'game changer', thanks to its eco-friendly design. The Scarborough Beach Pool falls under the remit of the City of Stirling, which wanted to ensure that the new facility was environmentally sound. Original plans envisaged a pool would be ocean-fed, similar to Bondi's famous Icebergs, but it was soon realised this was geographically impossible and plans subsequently changed.
The new pool is the first in Western Australia to be awarded a six-star green rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, thanks to the utilisation of geothermal energy to keep the water temperature between 26–28°C year-round.
According to the City's website, "The geothermal process pumps water from the Yarragadee aquifer and the natural heat from the aquifer is used to maintain pool temperature. Water is then pumped back to the aquifer in a closed loop operation."
By avoiding the use of gas boilers, the facility's environmental footprint is substantially reduced and it is estimated that the process will cut production of 1800 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
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