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Electricity ten times more expensive – indoor pool Sumiswald closes – just an isolated case? – Sports




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The high electricity costs are threatening the operation of a number of indoor swimming pools in Switzerland. Mass and school sports in particular would suffer.

The water in the Sumiswald indoor pool in the Emmental will be drained by the end of the year at the latest. The main reason: the electricity costs of 200,000 francs per year so far would rise to one to two million in 2023.

Energy prices that are up to ten times higher: Other pools that currently have to procure electricity on the market and have not secured themselves long-term contracts with energy suppliers are also confronted with this situation. It is quite possible that other indoor pools will therefore no longer be able to afford to operate this winter.

Restricted school swimming courses?

This would not only be bad for the schools, which have to look for new locations for their swimming courses – 15 schools are affected in the Sumiswald region alone. Recreational sports would also be affected. In baths that are still open, more people would jostle, the access routes would be longer.

You can read in the article above what the Federal Council’s specifications are in the event of a power shortage and what the Association of Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools has already done to save energy.


Radio SRF 1, September 28, 2022, morning talk, 6:15 a.m.;



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