The Montigny

The aquatic center of the lake is closed until January 29, 2023. (©Manon Varaldo)

Doors closed in front of the aquatic center of the Lake in Montigny-le-Bretonneux. And for good reason: it is closed during these Christmas school holidays, and until Sunday January 29.

additional €269,000

“The current energy crisis affects all sectors of activity, including sport. It generates extremely high financial costs. For the aquatic center, in electricity, it is an additional cost for the year 2023 expected to be €269,000. Just for energy consumption in the building. To reduce this colossal cost, we have chosen this closure during one of the coldest periods of the year. Every year, a week of closure for emptying was We are going to take advantage of this closing period to also change all the underwater lights to switch them to LED and change the dimmer systems on the ventilation in order to save additional energy.

Lorraine MerckaertMayor of Montigny-le-Bretonneux.

Most energy-consuming equipment

Since its opening, work has been carried out to reduce its energy consumption. “We reduced it by 37%. Despite these reductions, the cost of the projected energy is such that we will end up with an extremely high energy bill. »

Savings are sought, because among the 70 facilities in the townthe aquatic center of the lake is the most energy-intensive.

“In a typical year, once we have paid all the bills and received the revenue from the equipment, this aquatic center still generates a deficit for the municipality of around €650,000”

Lorraine MerckaertMayor of Montigny-le-Bretonneux

Despite the current context, this closure does not pass like a fish in water. “We don’t all have the means to take out a subscription in a private room”, annoys a local resident.
“Our children have had their school lessons canceled for two years. Drowning is the first cause of death for children,” adds a resident.

Personnel issues

Some Ignymontains mention recruitment and staffing problems for this swimming pool.
Lorrain Merckaert, mayor of Montigny-le-Bretonneux, assures: “It is not only in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, it is a result of the Covid crisis. During this period, lifeguard training did not take place. France lacks 6,000 lifeguards. It’s hard to find. I wrote to the prefecture to ask them to work on certain time slots for people holding the BNSSA (Editor’s note National certificate of safety and water rescue), one of the existing diplomas to be a lifeguard. I got positive feedback. This has allowed us to expand our offer. As long as we cannot reform lifeguards in number, we will have this problem in all the aquatic centers. »

Postponement solutions

Concerning learn to swim for kids, the mayor says: “The end of classes is later because it takes place on July 8. Classes usually stop in June. We are working with National Education to extend the swimming activity until July 8, so that children do not lose the slots they will have to do for learning to swim. We are also looking at reports for middle and high school students. Also, on all subscriptions taken by users of the aquatic center for postponement formulas. »

The savings targeted with this closure is “€110,000. We have chosen not to increase tax rates this year. We have to look for savings, ”concludes the mayor.

The city’s energy bill is expected to increase from 1.5 million in 2022 to more than 4 million in 2023.

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The Montigny-le-Bretonneux swimming pool closed until January 29