Lack of chlorine could be dangerous information for swimming pools this summer time – CBS Pittsburgh

By Paul R. La Monica, CNN Business

(CNN) – Summer is just around the corner, but anyone looking forward to a swim in the pool to cool off could be in for a big shock. A lack of chlorine can make it more difficult for pool owners to purchase the sanitizer tabs.

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Chlorine supplies are running low due to a fire at a chemical plant in Louisiana last August that was damaged by Hurricane Laura. As a result, tab prices have skyrocketed.

“A sharp rise in prices is likely. The extent of the chlorine deficiency is not yet known, ”said B&B Pool & Spa Center, a retailer based in Chestnut Ridge, NY, on its website. “While it is early for the swimming season, it is advisable to prepare now for your pool to open. This includes stocking up on chemicals that you will need to survive the majority, if not all, of the bathing season. “

A quick look at Amazon reveals that a 50-pound bucket of 3-inch In the Swim brand chlorine tablets now costs up to $ 169.99, which is about twice the normal cost. In addition, stocks are limited.

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What is clear is that pool owners should consider stocking up sooner rather than later.

“When it comes to retail prices, the fact is we’re seeing an increase across the industry,” said Michael Egeck, CEO of Leslie’s, a pool utility, during a conference call with analysts in February when asked about the chlorine shortage.

And it may not get better anytime soon.

“Pool chlorine is not easy to come by and there is a chlorine shortage nationwide that we are all grappling with,” said John Swygert, CEO of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, speaking to analysts in March.

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