REPAIRS to plant machinery at the Malvern Splash leisure centre have been completed - but its operator says it is not yet known when the pool will be reopened.

The closure of the pool, off Priory Road, came after complaints that the water had turned green and then black, due to problems with the machinery.

A statement issued by pool operators Freedom Leisure yesterday said: "Our contractor has now completed works in the pool plant room.

"We are also in the process of super chlorinating the pool to ensure the quality of water is in line with industry and customer expectations.

"This will be rigorously checked by our external water contractors tomorrow. The next step will be to raise the water temperature so it is comfortable for our swimming customers.

"Given the things we still need to do, we are unable to give a definitive answer on when we will be open, but our customers can rest assured that we will be providing regular progress updates on the website and though our social media channels, as well as the team on site being on hand to take any phone enquiries

"As a reminder for those looking to swim; all will be welcome at our Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester, where Malvern memberships will be honoured for the pool. Those missing swimming lessons will be reimbursed via a reduction in their next payment."

The pool was closed on Friday due to recurring problems following an earlier repair attempt.

The green hue was blamed on "natural elements" entering the pool due to old machinery in the pool's plant room.

A subsequent failure led to carbon from a filter getting into the water, turning it black.

Mark Hammond, contracts and development manager at MHDC, said “We’re very sorry to see that the Splash had to close again on Friday night, and we add our apologies to customers for the reoccurrence of the issue with the pool plant system.

"We want to again reassure customers that the pool was completely safe whilst open. We welcome Freedom’s move to upgrade the equipment to ensure a long-term solution to this issue.”

The other facilities at the Splash remain open.