A nationwide chlorine shortage is expected to get worse this summer as pools — particularly those at people’s homes — open up. It is also likely to drive up chlorine prices.
“You’re going to go to your local pool store and they’re going to be out for a day or two,” Pat Allman, general manager of Tampa-based Odyssey Manufacturing, told the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s not going to be all gloom and doom. You just might not shock or clean or kill all of the algae as much as you want to.”
“We started buying early, way early, and stockpiled as much as we could,” said Allan Curtis, who runs a pool maintenance business in Michigan, told CNBC. “We won’t last more than probably mid-May, or late May, and we’ll be out of chlorine.”
Fortune reports that a 50-pound bucket of In Swim brand three-inch stabilized chlorine tablets went from $109 to $169.99 on Amazon. Fortune also notes that liquid chlorine is still widely available, but it’s also likely to get more expensive.