Paisley’s newly-revamped swimming pool has been branded “as filthy as a canal” after the spread of algae across tiles in the deep end.
A 58-year-old member at the Lagoon Leisure Centre, who asked not to be named, said he had been left disgusted by the state of the floor of the pool he uses each morning.
And the grandad-of-three, who lives in the Ralston area of Paisley, has demanded that bosses at the Lagoon – which was re-opened at the end of July following a £7.2million revamp – take measures to clean the pool properly.
He said: “I have been swimming regularly for 25 years and it’s hard to believe that such a great new-look pool has a deep end which is as filthy as a canal.
“Never in my life have I seen such a disgusting slime across the tiles of a swimming pool and I want something to be done about it before it gets even worse.
“I raised the issue with staff and management and to be fair to them, they have tried to vacuum and sweep the algae away but it doesn’t seem to making a huge amount of difference.
“The problem must be with the new filtering system but it’s worrying that with all the chemicals that are already in a swimming pool, that they can’t prevent this slime from forming, particularly in the deep end.”
Bosses at Renfrewshire Leisure – a trust which manages sports centres across Renfrewshire – admitted there had been an issue with algae but there were no health concerns for swimmers using the pool.
A spokesman said: “Algae is a common problem with both indoor and outdoor pools. In the past few days we have seen algae dotted across a narrow strip of the floor of the deep end of the pool.
“There is no danger to the health of swimmers and every night we have been vacuuming the floor of the pool to remove the spots of algae plant. Unfortunately, the algae builds up again during the day.
“We also now have the contractors who installed the new filtration system at the pool working to find a solution to keeping the algae from forming.
“They are looking at different ways of doing this, which includes increasing the pressure of water coming into the pool through the filtration system and changing the make-up of the chemicals used to keep the water clean.”
He added: “Ironically, the fact we have created more natural sunlight coming into the pool area after the recent refurbishment could lead to the algae spores developing more quickly than they would previously have.
“Warm temperatures and sunlight encourage the growth of algae, but I am confident we will eradicate the problem with any measures taken by the contractors.”