The Gold Coast Council has given the tick of approval to the newly released Hydroxypure chlorine-free swimming pool system from Waterco for ongoing use at the Turtle Beach Resort in Mermaid Beach, Queensland.

Following a six-month evaluation of the Hydroxypure system, Gold Coast Council’s Health, Regulatory and Lifeguard Services Branch approved the continued use and extension of use of the water treatment system.

The Hydroxypure pool treatment system will now be rolled out across Turtle Beach’s pools, spas, water feature and proposed new $1 million water theme park.

Bryan Goh, Waterco’s group marketing director, stated that the Turtle Beach Resort’s swimming pool was the first large commercial pool in Australia to be approved without chlorine. 

He explained that the Council was comprehensively briefed on the system prior to its installation and it approved the initial six-month trial with a strict testing regime. The resort has now been using the Hydroxypure system for the children’s pool and waterfall since May 2013, with positive feedback received from guests. 

The Council’s approval was based on the satisfactory results of the bacteriological water quality testing carried out during the trial period in 2013. According to the tests, the chlorine-free method of disinfection has maintained the levels required by the Council.

The extended use and installation of the Hydroxypure system across Turtle Beach’s water assets will require quarterly bacteriological water quality testing to ensure that bather load, weather conditions and future development of components and/or chemicals validate the results witnessed during the trial. This testing will be carried out over 12 months, and will be undertaken and analysed by a National Association of Testing Authority (NATA) registered laboratory.