Longer opening hours and pre work swimming sessions are just some of the changes in store for visitors to the Pells Pool in Lewes this year.
The historic spring fed swimming pool is getting ready for its 2015 season which opens on Saturday May 16.
Brand new pumps installed at the pool will mean the water will stay fresher and cleaner than before, enabling it to stay open longer.
Pool manager Phil Ransley said: “We have 350,000 gallons of local spring water in the pool.
“The pumps allow all the water to be recirculated – and the old ones take about 10-12 hours.
“They’ve given us good service, but the new ones are more energy efficient and more powerful, so it should be twice as fast, meaning we can filter all the water in around four to six hours.
“From the start of June, we are planning to open every weekday at 7am-9am, plus our new 10am weekend opening – and these pumps will mean the water can have been refreshed overnight, however late we’ve been running the previous evening.”
The Pells, in Brook Street, is the oldest outdoor freshwater pool in the UK. It celebrates its 155th year in 2015.
The new pumps will replace ones which have served the pool since the early 1990s.
They will be installed by Sussex firm TrioFlow and the investment in the new pumps and associated pipework will cost just over £9,000.
Phil added: “Since this is a community-run pool, all the money we make goes into improving how we run and manage it, responding to what our pool-goers want.
“With the great weather we have had in recent seasons, and with welcome support from the town council, we have been able to fund investment in the pool, so we can keep this great facility open for local people.“
Members of the public can drop into the Pells Pool on Volunteers’ Weekend on Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3 when final painting, cleaning and weeding will be carried out.
Phil added:“People are welcome to drop in any time between 10am-4pm on that weekend and help get the pool ready for the summer season.
“There’s always plenty to do and it’s great to see new and familiar faces excited for the season ahead.”
Volunteers should wear old clothes and take gloves, kneeling pads and gardening tools.
The first swim of the year will be on Saturday May 16 from noon.
The Pells will also hold its official opening party on Saturday May 23 from noon where there will be cakes, food, children’s races and prizes, including a free 2015 season ticket to the winner.
Full details of prices and opening times, and season ticket application forms, can be found on www.pellspool.org.uk