Causes of Chlorine Products Shortage
Aside from COVID-19, several other factors are impacting this industry. With businesses closing short-term causing slowing in production, weather impacting large populations in the country, and disasters beyond our control, we are experiencing major supply chain issues. The first impact to the pool industry was pool building supplies – pipes, steel walls, equipment, etc. Now, chlorine shortage is presenting the same challenge.
In normal times, chlorine is readily available, but there are only a few major manufacturers of these products. COVID-19 changed the way we work and play. This caused major increases in pool building. Freezing temperatures in Texas destroyed or damaged many pools. And one of the largest suppliers in the United States literally went up in flames as a result of Hurricane Laura. It is expected to take another year to fully rebuild this facility.
What you can do…
First, resist the temptation to hoard. As we saw with personal paper products early in the pandemic, this only increases the problem. Purchase a monthly supply of the products you need, knowing more will become available throughout the season.
Second, use an auto cover when your pool is not in use. UV degrades chlorine, so protecting your pool when you are not enjoying it is a great way to preserve chlorine.
Third, consider adding a UV or ozone system. These sanitation systems work with the chlorine in your pool to help sanitize your water, helping stretch the life of your chlorine.
Finally, know this too shall pass. As suppliers work to ramp up production, the supply chain will recover over time. In the meantime, use the best practices above to get the most out of your chlorine. Happy swimming!
If you have any questions about the current chlorine shortage, please contact one of our 5 Pools of Fun Customer Care Locations.