THE COATE Water splash park will shut for the next week as engineers fix another problem with the dosing unit.

The popular family attraction was shut on-and-off for much of last summer, after rangers noticed problems with the dosing unit, which maintains levels of bacteria-killing chlorine in the water.

Now, it's going to be closing again - but this time it is just for one week. The council is also taking the chance to refurbish the adjacent public toilets.

A spokesman for Swindon Borough Council said: "We were unaware of the current state of the dosing unit until we had done our testing in April. We have to wait until the spring because it can’t take place until we are free of frost/freezing nights as they need to fill the splash park with water to test. Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to split and damage the pumps.

"It will be closed for approximately seven days from next week to allow the dosing unit to be replaced and upgraded. We are also carrying out some improvements to the wash basins at the North Bank toilets which will be done at the same time."

Signs warning would-be splash park punters about the closure had been put up around Coate Water.

It can take several weeks for the specialist parts to be ordered from the continent, hence the delay in the works starting.

"The work is being carried out now, so the Splash Park is up and running for the start of the school summer holidays," a borough council spokesman said.

The splash park will be shut from Monday, June 17 to Sunday, June 24.