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World Aquatics praises Myrtha Pools for sustainable support

February 22 2024 - News Release News Editorial

World Aquatics has hailed long-running partner Myrtha Pools for contributing towards the governing body’s sustainability goals by supporting the recent World Aquatics Championships in Doha with temporary, state-of-the-art swimming pools.

World Aquatics praises Myrtha Pools for sustainable support

The company, a partner of the governing body for 15 years, built and installed five pools in the Qatari capital, including four in the 40,000-square-metre Aspire Dome. 

Two Olympic-sized pools for swimming and two more for water polo were installed, as well as a six-metre-deep diving pool.

“One of the key highlights of Myrtha’s contribution lies in its exclusive modular stainless-steel technology, known for its versatility and sustainability,” World Aquatics said in a statement. 

“This technology enables the creation of perfect settings for aquatic sports, whether for temporary events like the World Aquatics Championships or for permanent facilities. By opting for temporary structures, Myrtha avoids the pitfalls of constructing underutilised arenas post-event, ensuring efficient resource utilisation.”

"By opting for temporary structures, Myrtha avoids the pitfalls of constructing underutilised arenas post-event, ensuring efficient resource utilisation.” World Aquatics

Myrtha Pools repurposes materials utilised in previous Olympic and Paralympic Games. In Fukuoka, Japan, stainless steel panels and gutters used during the Tokyo 2020 Games were turned into warm-up pools and permanent facilities for primary schools.

In Doha specifically, World Aquatics reported a 45% saving on emissions over traditional pool-building methods involving concrete and tiles. Following the event in Doha, the pools were reinstalled in the Abu Dhabi Cricket and Sports Hub.

Further sustainability initiatives are also centred around the water itself. In the build up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Myrtha installed a total of 18 pools and main water tanks for the swimming competitions.

Its Defender filtration system boasted a smaller construction footprint, while backwash water consumption was reduced and maintenance cost and time was improved.

Image: Serena Repice Lentini on Unsplash

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