The full effects of the gas crisis will not be visible until winter, but citizens are already feeling the first consequences. Overview of attractions and indoor pools in the region. Which of them need to be closed? Which open normally?
Reports are mounting all over Germany: thermal baths must close off entire areas, playful pools lower the water temperature. The prevailing gas crisis shows for the first time what consequences may be faced by the population. Of course, it also does not avoid the Southwest. Therefore, the question arises: what will happen to the entertainment and indoor swimming pools in the region?
in Saltwater pool and Aquasol leisure pool In Rottweil, the cuts caused by the energy crisis are clearly felt for visitors: after the summer break, the pool will only open on September 12 with a limited offer – and it is getting colder. As reported by the operator and energy supplier ENRW, the water and room temperature will be lowered by two degrees. Some saunas, steam rooms and other rooms remain closed.
The ENRW makes it clear that should the energy crisis worsen, it cannot be ruled out that this popular pool will be closed completely in the fall. It is similar in neighboring Schramberg: in the “Badschnass” it also gets colder – and it is not clear whether the operations can be sustained. It is still unclear how training will continue in smaller communities. Finally, they are important for swimming courses.
By decision of the City Council of Balingen, the outdoor swimming pool Balinger Eyebadswhich reopens after the summer break on Sunday 12 September is no longer open. Moreover, a warm bathing day is canceled on Saturdays. In addition, the hot water shower time has been reduced from 30 seconds to 20 seconds. The air temperature in the pool will also be lowered to 28 degrees and the water temperature to 26 degrees.
Due to the closure of two teaching pools, the school and the swimming club will be moved to Eyachbad and Lochenbad. Therefore, public baths are only possible to a limited extent.
Also in Badkap in Albstadt the energy crisis has come. That’s why a team around Managing Director Marcus Eichstädt responded. The water temperature in the adventure pool, wave pool and outdoor pool has dropped by two degrees and is now between 23 and 32 degrees. The responsible persons also lowered the air temperature in the hall by two degrees to 31 degrees.
The financial savings it brings cannot be accurately quantified. It is clear that these measures save 100,000 kilowatt hours of gas per month. “But that ultimately has no financial impact,” says Eichstädt: “We are not saving too much on gas, but that does not mean that we are cheaper on the cost side as gas prices are constantly rising and energy is becoming more and more expensive.”
As for electricity, motion sensors are installed in Badkap in the technical area and in the staff changing rooms, so that the light only turns on when necessary to save electricity.
The city of Nagold still allows bathing operations. However, with limitations. At the public bathing beach, the summer season ends on September 17th. The winter season in the indoor pool starts on October 4 there. To save energy, the warm outdoor pool remains closed. Also, opening hours are somewhat limited. After the summer holidays, the didactic swimming pool for school and club sports will also be reopened.
The mayor of Bad Liebenzell Roberto Chiari announced that a catalog of measures for Paracelsus thermal baths works. According to the utility company Bad Herrenalb, this is also true Siebentaler Baths. Various scenarios are also played out there. This Thermal Palace and Vital term in Bad Wildbad in the summer we lowered the water temperature in the outdoor swimming pools by 1-2 degrees Celsius. However, this measure is likely to be phased out again in the fall and winter.
The city of Lörrach is somewhat fine with its indoor swimming pool: the property is mainly heated by a wood chip system – thus eliminating direct dependence on gas supplies and prices. However, the system is currently corrupted; With almost compulsory difficulties with the supply of spare parts, the indoor swimming pool season may start later than usual. The city of Lörrach currently expects to open in mid-October – but there is no doubt about it by any means, says operations manager Klaus Schallenberger.
Nevertheless, in connection with the general energy saving measures in the city, measures regarding the indoor swimming pool are also discussed – first of all, the elimination of a warm bathing day. Overall, the cooler temperatures in the swimming pools should help stabilize the city’s energy needs at a lower level. A temporary withdrawal from the sauna cannot be ruled out, said Mayor Jörg Lutz.
The Black Forest bathing paradise in Titisee
Since that time A bathing paradise in the Black Forest is already operated very energy-efficiently, no action is currently planned that would affect the attractions, says spokeswoman Bettina Tritschler. “From the very beginning (since 2010), we have secured our energy and heat demand mainly thanks to regional, renewable energy sources. Our own biomass boiler is powered by regional wood chips. We obtain 100% ecological electricity from the power grid. architecture and solar radiation make the water warm. ”
The guests can therefore enjoy a visit to the thermal baths without restrictions. “Of course, the external circumstances are very dynamic and we are also monitoring the situation very closely and closely,” continued Tritschler.
Due to the high energy costs, the city council of Schönwald recently decided to close the indoor swimming pool for the winter period. In the other pools in the district, the water temperature is adjusted in the meantime. in Solemar and Minara In Bad Dürrheim, Kur und Baeder GmbH lowered the water and room temperatures by one degree Celsius on June 1st. With other measures, one million euros could be hoped for.
in TuWas thermal and recreational pool The revision works have been carried out in the district of Tuttlingen since 17 July. “The duration of the shutdown will depend on the current development of the gas supply,” said Stadtwerke Tuttlingen in a press release. In addition to geothermal heat, the pool also draws heat from the combined heat and power plant (CHP) network, which is powered by natural gas.
When asked by the editors what energy-saving measures were planned for the winter, the utility company’s press office explained that the vote on the issue was still ongoing. The outdoor swimming pool is currently open as usual.
In the Freudenstadt district, large swimming pools have been responding for some time: Both in Neckarbad in Horb as well as in Panoramic swimming pool in Freudenstadt the water temperature was already lowered in mid-July. In the panoramic pool, each pool is cooler inside by one degree, and the temperature in the changing rooms is only 28 degrees Celsius. The water temperature in the vital zone is 35 degrees Celsius, and 27 degrees in the sports pool.
“The other pools have a sports pool with a temperature of around 26 degrees. There are even athletes who are too warm, ”explains Christian Schebetka from the municipal company. Regardless of the energy crisis, measures have been taken to save energy: such as water-saving heads and LED lamps. Outside, the temperature has been capped at 21 degrees – but the sun does the rest, keeping the outside pool’s water temperature between 22 and 23 degrees.
In Horb, the pool has been lowered by two degrees to 26 degrees Celsius, and in the home zone by one degree to 32 degrees. Did the guests notice anything about it? Inge Weber, the spokeswoman for the city of Horb, does not believe it. After all, in summer, the surroundings were warm, which also affects the water temperature.
Both Panoramabad and Neckarbad hope to stay open through the winter. Swimming courses that would suffer during a pandemic are especially important for bathing. “It is important to us that the children can continue to learn to swim,” says Weber. Clubs, schools and rehabilitation sports would also have to pull out if the pools were to close.
“The topic of energy, and above all responsible use of resources, has a high priority at Europa-Park,” said Europa-Park to our editorial office. Due to the current development, there are many approaches and measures that are currently being analyzed internally. Europa-Park is confident that it will be able to offer a regular range of activities also in winter Rulantica to be able to keep.
In Offenburg, it was decided to lower the water temperature by 1 degree in individual pools. This includes indoor and outdoor pools, a diving pool, water slides and an outdoor adventure pool. “The temperatures in the children’s pool, the golf course and the teaching pool are not lowered,” says Managing Director Tim-Niklas Hockenjos. In the sauna area, the Mühlbach sauna has been lowered from 100 degrees to 85 degrees to save energy there too.
At the same time, the air temperature in the rooms in the entire facility has been reduced by 1 degree Celsius. So far, the activities have been very positively received by visitors, says Hockenjos. The Stegermatt leisure pool is already examining further measures in order to be able to save even more energy.
in Kinzigtalbad in Hausach we currently assume normal operation in the coming winter. The chipping system there, with which the rooms and water tanks are heated, is now an advantage and therefore the pool is not affected by the upcoming gas problem, explains our employee at Kinzigtalbad. Therefore, no restrictions are planned for the time being in the operation of indoor swimming pools in Hausach. The outdoor swimming pool can also be used normally in winter.