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    Natural swimming pool to dive into action

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    New natural swimming pool soon to make a splash in Dour!
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    The new Dour swimming pool, in the province of Hainaut will soon spring into action although it will not be accessible to the general public before spring 2017.
    It is a “swimming lake”, or the first natural public pool in Belgium.

    It is located on the Belvédère site, which already previously had an avant-gardist during the 1930s.

    “We are undertaking the filling in, which is quite a long process,” Vincent Loiseau, currently the acting Dour Alderman, explains.

    He says, “Weather-permitting, our new swimming pool may accomodate its first swimmers, that is to say children from local schools, from the end of September. This will allow us to operate the system, for the first time.”

    The swimming lake with a capacity of some 2,200 cubed, using neither chlorine or large machinery to filter its water.

    Loiseau goes on,“The water is naturally filtered in the adjoining pool through plant filtering. Only two pumps are necessary to ensure that the water channels from one basin to the other. No chemical procedure is used.”

    He further states, “Our offer is very much not that of a traditional swimming pool. The water is not heated, but there will be a heated facility available in winter.”

    He concludes, “The lake will be equipped with a five-metre diving pool. This may thus accommodate divers from the local club. The official opening of the pool to the public is scheduled for spring 2017.”

    The construction period has been one year. The overall budget is 1.3 million euros, 75% of which has been subsidised by the Walloon Region.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times