TAMWORTH Regional Council has hit back at concerns about the quality of its pool water ahead of a logjam of school swimming carnivals.
With only one pool opened in Tamworth this summer and bore water in use to conserve the city's drinking supply, the council's sport and recreation manager, Paul Kelly, acknowledged this swim season had been a challenge.
The pool will host 19 school carnivals on top of regular usage this month.
Despite the influx, he said pool staff had kept the water above NSW Health standards.
Mr Kelly said the pool would be shut to the public if those standards weren't met.
"There's no doubt the influx of swimmers will add to the challenge of maintaining pool water to meet the quality required under the NSW Health standards for public swimming pools, but our team of staff have shown they are equal to the task," he said in a written statement.
"We have been planning for it since before the pool opened for the swimming season and each school's needs have been accommodated."
Cloudiness has been an issue at times at the Scully pool, but Mr Kelly said it did not pose any health concerns.
He said there had not been one instance where the water chemistry had dropped below the health standards.
"I think all pool users have appreciated our ability to be able to continue to have access to it - the community has been understanding of the changes this years has provided and we are working together to keep our pools open during this terrible drought," he said.