Municipal baths are threatened with a discussion about closure. Schwaben-Quellen and Fildorado are changing their energy mix.
At Bäderbetriebe Stuttgart, the region’s largest municipal pool supplier, there are strong fears that indoor pools will have to close this fall and winter as part of necessary energy savings. However, nothing has been decided yet, the topic is being intensively discussed at the moment, in the bathroom commission of the municipality and beyond. Partial closures are also possible. In any case, the outdoor pool season ends on September 11th. Indoor pools will then be adapted. The Sonnenberg indoor pool will open on September 19, followed by Feuerbach, Weihingen, Zuffenhausen and Leo-Wetter-Bad in the east on September 20. Heslach’s bathhouse remains closed for renovations.
Climate neutral sports pool
It is already clear that there will be no days of hot baths. Likewise, the water temperature in the Leuze is lowered, as was already the case in the outdoor pools. The new sports pool near Hans-Martin-Schleier-Halle will probably be the least affected by these discussions because it is climate neutral. The swimming pool in Bad Kannstat also does not require gas, it is operated with central heating. In total, Stuttgart’s swimming pools are now powered by 100 percent green electricity and 35 percent biogas.
Heating oil tank instead of gas
The closures are controversial because indoor pools are cheaper to enter than private pools in the region. This means that low income earners can also swim and send their children to swimming lessons. Private swimming pools should do the same with rising energy prices. The Schwaben-Quellen in the music center of Möhringen therefore bought a 120,000 liter heating oil tank and has already filled it. “This will see us through the winter,” says managing partner Martin Pesch confidently. And: It will be operated with liquefied gas from the fall of this year.” Another saving aspect is the lowering of the water temperature, which is hardly noticeable with this range of saunas.
And many details are being worked out, such as where the lighting can be maintained, where the operating breaks of the attractions can be extended when there are fewer visitors. Pesh still cannot assess what it will bring or not. Which, without a doubt, is already winning. “From now on, we will receive our energy bills on a monthly basis,” says Pesch. It will also be useful in private households.
Fildorado in Filderstadt has combined heat and power plants, as well as geothermal, solar absorption and a voltage reduction system. Water is purified by ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis, heat is recovered in the ventilation systems, and of course all interior and exterior lighting has been converted to LED. Executive Director Felix Schneider is still not able to clearly state what all this will bring in terms of savings. Regular meetings on energy conservation are now part of the normal workflow at Phildorado.