Cleaning the Ocean Baths

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Newcastle is fortunate enough to have two ocean baths facilities, Newcastle and Merewether, that sit on its pristine coastline and are open year round for the community to enjoy.

Council clean, manage and maintain these facilities and always try to find the balance between availability and cleanliness. At present, both Newcastle and Merewether are cleaned weekly and the cleaning schedule is available above. Newcastle Ocean Baths, due to its age, is closed for three to four weeks in winter for scheduled maintenance.

Water quality

The cleanliness of the facility is heavily influenced by the water temperature and usage. During summer, warmer water accelerates algae growth resulting in an unsightly build up on the walls in the splash zone. While this results in the appearance of an unclean pool, regular testing indicates that the water quality is acceptable for public swimming. It should be noted that the water quality is heavily influenced by the naturally occurring water quality of the ocean and the debris present.

There is a balance between the need to flush out the water in the pool, keeping the water at an acceptable level and the risk of introducing discoloured water from the ocean. Council staff continuously monitor the cleanliness of both Ocean Baths facilities and work within the numerous constraints to achieve a balance between availability and cleanliness.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out when the baths are being cleaned?
What work is involved in the cleaning of the baths?
Why is the cleaning day sometimes changed at short notice?
Can the pool be cleaned more often?
Why does the cleaning of the baths occur at low tide?
Why are the walls dirty?
What about water quality?
Are the bathroom facilities or pool surrounds available when the pool is closed for cleaning?
How often is the “round” pool refilled at Newcastle Ocean Baths?