THE owner of The Pyramids centre has shut the swimming pools after a leak was discovered.
The pools in Clarence Esplanade, Southsea were closed last Monday.
It’s not known when they will reopen.
Experts are investigating to find out exactly where the leak is coming from.
Gary Milne, managing director of Southsea community leisure, which owns The Pyramids, said it had no option but to temporarily close.
‘We had, over the past two months, been aware that we were using more water than we normally would, which led us to suspect that there may be a leak,’ he said.
‘We’ve had to close the pools to do a test and see whether it has started to drain or not.
‘Unfortunately, in one area of the pool we have got a leak.
‘We’re at the point of ascertaining exactly where that is.
‘Obviously, we want to get back to normal as soon as possible.’
The test has taken five days to carry out and specialists visited the site today to try to find the leak.
‘The problem with the way that The Pyramids is designed is that it’s difficult with all the pipes to find out where the leak is,’ Mr Milne said.
He added that it’s unfortunate because the number of people coming through the doors has increased recently.
‘More people are visiting us than ever and we are gutted that this has happened,’ he said. ‘It wouldn’t have been environmentally-friendly because we would have been wasting water.
‘However it’s the best time of the year for us to be doing it because it’s the quietest time of the year.
‘So we have taken the opportunity to do other maintenance that would have been completed later on in the year.’
Mr Milne said all other facilities at the centre, including the gym and spa, remain open.