Rumours of a million-dollar repair bill at Port Kembla pool appear unfounded.
The Mercury heard claims Wollongong City Council was facing a $1.1 million repair bill for the pool, to fix a range of things including the replacement of rusted galvanised steel pipes.
However, Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the only planned maintenance was to consider replacing one of the inlet pipes that drew water into the pool "simply because it's reached its use-by date".
"That's about $150,000 to do that and that will be in next year's anticipated budget costs," Cr Bradbery said.
Part of the planned $150,000 figure will be to consider other options to replacing the pipe, such as lengthening it.
The pool had maintenance issues not long after it was officially opened in February 2000. The 50-metre saltwater pool was built to replace the original 1937 structure at a cost of $4.3 million.
Three years later, in September 2003, the pool was closed for a year to enable the repair of cracked tiles and concrete corrosion.
The repairs cost $1.2 million and included new high-quality imported tiles on the sides of the pool and wet deck area, tiles below the waterline replaced with cement render, repair work to the concourse and the replacement of the soft-fall area near the toddlers' pool.
However, Cr Bradbery said the pool was no longer plagued by the issues of the past.
"It's one of our better pools, it's up to scratch, it's functional," he said.