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Stretching Limited Chlorine Supply

The swimming pool industry experienced one of its busiest years in 2020. With people stuck at home due to Covid-19 the reason for pool related business success is obvious. Families who were in lockdown decided to invest in pool and backyard improvements. The increase in pool chemical and equipment usage led to supply chain issues, shortages, back orders, and frustration.

Liquid chlorine is an excellent choice during this stay at home summer for disinfecting and sanitizing. Here are ways liquid can help your essential service offerings:

Then in August, Hurricane Laura rolled into the New Orleans. The storm caused major damage to the surrounding area and a fire at a nearby chlorinated iso manufacturing plant that lasted for days. The plant, which produced 115 million pounds of "trichlor" and "dichlor" per year, was destroyed. The result is that roughly 40% of the nation's supply of those products is gone. So, we will have less chlorine tablets and less dichlor granular chlorine this year. Other manufacturers of these products will increase production but there is no possibility they can make up that much loss in production. This means that 2021 will be just as challenging as 2020 was, if not more so.

The impact of this incident on the current swimming pool season is already happening with many distributors placing quantity limits on customer purchases of chlorine tablets and dichlor granular, as well as everyone facing increased costs. Pool professionals will likely need to seek pool-sanitizing alternatives to help keep water clean and safe this summer. It will also be important to educate pool owners of the situation so they will be receptive to your suggestions of chlorine alternatives.

With this in mind, let's discuss some alternative pool and spa sanitizing methods. First would be, Salt Chlorine Generators they are a popular choice and also a good option to replace tablets. These generators are an effective disinfectant source, using Salt (NaCl) which passes through a salt cell where it receives an electric charge, breaking it down and releasing (Cl) chlorine. There are also, Ozone Generators, which aid in the breakdown of organic contaminants. Ozone is even stronger than chlorine, it's a great oxidizer lowering chemical usage by at least 60%. Alternatively, you could look into Ultra-Violet, "UV" Light destroys contaminants such as algae, bacteria, and viruses. Utilizing this technology can lower chlorine usage as much as 50%. One of the simplest options may be Mineral Sanitizer systems, they kill bacteria, inhibit algae growth, and are easy to maintain. Relying on minerals as sanitizers, can lower chlorine usage as much as 50%. Remember that specialty chemicals such as algaecides, phosphate removers, and even clarifiers when used regularly can really help lower the workload for chlorine. Look into all of these options to find the ones that you feel most comfortable with.

Lastly remember that practicing the basics of pool maintenance will help keep the water's demand for chlorine down. Proper water balance, keeping the filter clean, along with regular brushing and vacuuming all help reduce the pool's chlorine demand as well as maximizing its effectiveness in providing clean and safe water.

David White

First Choice Brand Manager

Pool & Electrical Products LLC