FROM community pool to an underground recycled water storage tank Wendouree's former Dowling Street pool will live on this summer in a whole new capacity.
The Ballarat City Council yesterday revealed plans to convert the pool into an underground recycled water storage tank to be used for irrigation of nearby ovals and reserves.
Works to demolish existing buildings at the site will start today.
A water play space earlier tipped for the former pool site will instead be established in the Midlands Reserve, off Doveton Street North.
The council voted to close and decommission the pool in July and turn it into a greenfield site after only 37 people a day on average used it over the previous summer, compared to 94 at the Buninyong pool and 363 at Eureka.
Eight out of nine councillors voted for the recommendation, while Cr Samantha McIntosh was the only councillor to speak and vote against.
She said it was important for every community to have a meeting place and opportunities to learn to swim.
"It provides people with a place to play and learn and be safe," she said.
The pool basin will now be converted for use as an underground water storage to service irrigation needs for Eureka Stadium, Northern Oval Number Two and the two ovals on CE Brown Reserve.
The recycled water would come from the supply pipeline delivering water from Paul's Wetland to Lake Wendouree, which runs along Dowling Street.
This pipeline also supplies recycled water from Central Highlands Water's North Ballarat Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Once complete, the area would be reinstated as a grassed parkland area.
Cr John Philips said it was a clever proposition because it meant the council was not wasting a significant basin of water that could keep nearby ovals greener through the summer months.
"The Paul's Wetland pipeline runs right past," he said. "For the community, they will see nothing much more than a grassed area.
"People wouldn't even know in years to come that there's a pool basically underneath."