East Devon: Support for bid to splash £62,500 on new water systems at Exmouth, Honiton and Sidmouth swimming pools – saving 44 tonnes of CO2 a year

Proposed new water systems for council-owned East Devon swimming pools could save 44 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year – the emissions equivalent of driving around the earth 14 times.

LED, which runs facilities in Exmouth, Sidmouth and Honiton, says the energy-efficient changes would save tax-payers £16,000 a year, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives.

East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) LED Monitoring Forum has recommended the authority splashes up to £62,500 on the new water treatment energy management systems.

Officers told councillors in a report: “In a human being, it would be the kidneys and the heart. It’s pretty much the most important thing in the swimming pool.”

In Honiton, it’s thought the new systems could save EDDC more than £6,200 a year in energy and prevent 23 tonnes of CO2 from being released.

In Exmouth, the predicted figures are £5,700 and 21 respectively.

The council has not issued a detailed assessment of the Sidmouth pool, although savings are expected to be lower.

It is thought the system will pay for itself within two to two-and-a-half years.

Exmouth Littleham ward member Councillor Nick Hookway, EDDC’s portfolio holder for tourism, sport, leisure and culture, described the move as  ‘a very sensible idea’.

Broadcast representative Cllr Eleanor Rylance said: “Energy prices are only going to go one way, they’re not going to go back down again and so as the years go on it may be that we save even more by fitting these devices.

“For me, from a financial point of view and also from an environmental point of view, it’s a no-brainer to do this.

“It may look like a lot of money now, but may end up being the best decision we make for LED.”

The proposal will now go to EDDC’s cabinet and then full council.

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