The Hot Tub at the North Peace Leisure Pool has not been operational for several years due to mechanical issues requiring significant repairs.
During the annual maintenance shutdown, staff and specialized contractors began these complex repairs, starting with sonar scanning to identify leaks and broken pipes. Repairs were made to several pipes buried in the concrete pool deck and to two main drains and two jets inside the hot tub basin. The hot tub finishing was removed, cracks were sealed, and it was refinished. This allowed further testing of the various systems required to operate the hot tub; however, additional leaks were identified.
Through these continued repairs and investigative work, a leaking valve has been identified; however, global supply chain challenges mean a new valve is six to eight weeks from delivery. Once replaced, crews will continue investigating and making necessary repairs to reopen the hot tub. Troubleshooting these issues with the hot tub is highly complex due to the embedded piping in the concrete and inconsistencies between the construction drawings and actual findings.
“We sympathetically understand the frustrations of not being able to use this well-loved local amenity, and we share in your frustrations. Despite this frustration, we are thankful for the hard work of staff and contractors in applying modern solutions to this aging facility,” stated North Peace Leisure Pool Commission Chair Trevor Bolin.
Another update on the hot tub will be provided on February 1. Sign up to receive updates on the North Peace Leisure Pool right to your inbox by subscribing here.
Through a partnership agreement, the North Peace Leisure Pool is owned by the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) and operated by the City of Fort. St John. The PRRD and the City of Fort St John will continue to work together to keep the existing facility operational until a new facility is constructed.
The North Peace Leisure Facility Replacement Steering Committee continues working on bringing a new facility forward through the necessary processes and levels of government. To learn more about the North Peace Leisure Facility Replacement process, visit haveyoursay.prrd.bc.ca.