Levin Aquatic Centre to re-open following incident

Published on 29 October 2019

Photo of the Levin Aquatic Centre facility.

The Levin Aquatic Centre will be open again on Tuesday 29 October, after an incident closed the facility on Monday.

32 people were evacuated from Levin Aquatic Centre when a chemical reaction caused breathing difficulties for facility users and staff.

Emergency services attended the incident, treating people onsite. One person was sent to hospital but it’s believed this was due to an unrelated condition.

Horowhenua District Council Community Facilities and Event Manager Brent Harvey praised the support and leadership provided by emergency services.

“Fire Emergency New Zealand, the Police and St John were fantastic at not only responding to the incident but also ensuring the ongoing safety of our community and providing excellent advice during a stressful time”.

Aquatics staff were spending the latter half of Monday afternoon testing the pool and environment, ensuring the facility could be opened on Tuesday.

“We have been given the all clear to open again tomorrow but will continue to monitor the facility over the next few hours” Mr Harvey said.

Mr Harvey said a thorough investigation into how the incident occurred would take place.

“We will be ensuring our processes are robust to minimise the chance of this happening again”.

Earlier in the month a false alarm was triggered which also evacuated the facility. The two incidents are unrelated.