This spring, media reports about a chlorine “shortage” have created concern among pool owners about their ability to properly maintain safe pool water and operate their pools.
According to these reports, some chlorine tablets (tabs) — due to a combination of events that include a surge in demand for pools in 2020 and a chemical plant fire — are scarcer than in previous years. However, we are not aware of any substantial disruptions in the supply of chlorine in liquid, powder and other tablet forms.
In the event of the scarcity of certain products, service professionals and pool owners should consider using other EPA-registered pool sanitizers such as liquid chlorine, calcium hypochlorite or dichlor. Make sure to keep these products in their original container and store them as indicated on the label.
Other companies may offer additional alternatives that help you maintain safe pool water, so please be sure to discuss your options with your pool service company or vendor.
By the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA). PHTA is the industry’s leading source of information for pool operations, maintenance, design and construction. For more information, please visit splashfacts.org.
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