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October and November always seem to go by in a flash. No sooner are we getting set for guising or wondering when the fireworks start on Bonfire Night, before it’s time to start drawing up our Christmas lists.
Whilst this year continues to be different due to the impact of Covid-19, these seasonal milestones are a comforting reminder of something familiar.
Here’s what’s been happening at Atlantis as we enter the last month of another year:
Each year, Atlantis follows a scheduled programme of maintenance. We also factor in time and resources for ‘out of the blue’ issues. This month, that meant the purchase of a new pool hoover after its predecessor broke down beyond repair. It had given us five years of faithful service – we get great use out of our kit at Atlantis.
Looking to next year and staying poolside, our scheduled plan of maintenance will see new pool covers. As well as being an important part of how the pools operate, these help maximise the efficient running of Atlantis. Whilst pieces of kit like these come with a large cost, we recognise finding affordable ways to complete them as being vital to securing Atlantis as a much-loved community hub for years to come.
Atlantis and the environment
Along with most of the country, we’ve paid close attention to the proceedings of COP26 over the past few weeks. We’re committed to finding ways to not only reduce Atlantis’ carbon footprint, but also adopt practices and initiatives that proactively help to restore the environment into the future. This isn’t an overnight fix. We’re working on a plan that we can follow for years to come to ensure Atlantis’ contribution is an enduring one.
On top of work already completed in recent years, such as our LED lighting upgrade, we have a number of plans that we are committed to implementing in the immediate future. As you’ve read above, in the early part of next year, our pool covers will be renewed. Having efficient and effective pool covers makes a huge impact on minimising heat-loss from the pools overnight. This means we use less energy operating the pools each day.
We’ll also complete an upgrade of our hyprolyser – the piece of equipment that allows us to generate our own chlorine. Making our own chlorine means we reduce the environmental impact of transportation costs that would otherwise be required. Exploring creative ways like this to deliver the day-to-day requirements of running Atlantis is an important way we can help look after our environment.
These plans come under a comprehensive review of our pool plant systems undertaken this month in collaboration with ATEC and Renate Powell of Powell Energy. Together we’ve specifically considered how we can recycle and reuse our pool air to help reduce our reliance on additional energy further.
We’re working hard to bring about the full return of our PlaySport sports development programme following the extended hiatus caused by Covid-19 and its associated lockdown. This means a continued programme of training to fully qualify new members of the staff and extend the ongoing upskilling of the existing team. We’re also exploring ways to expand the programme so that PlaySport can be better for everyone.