A council is set to study its options for keeping open a swimming pool which requires £60,000 of emergency repairs.
A feasibility study has been recommended to examine the future of the Castle Douglas facility.
However, that could take six months to complete and in the meantime the pool could face closure if urgent works are not carried out.
Local councillor Peter Duncan has said he is determined the site should remain open to the public.
Dumfries and Galloway Council will meet to discuss the way forward on Tuesday.
Hundreds of gallons of chlorinated water is said to be leaking from the pool, a situation which environmental protection officers have said cannot be allowed to continue.
Emergency repairs will cost about £60,000 but a total shutdown of the facility would affect 19 schools which use it for lessons.