EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Installing a swimming pool seemed like a good idea for many homeowners spending more time at home during the pandemic, but a chlorine shortage is creating problems for pool owners.
Local supply stores faced with the shortage of chlorine tablets used for treating pool water are instructing owners to use alternate ways of keeping them clean.
Donna Martin at Foxxx Pools of Evansville, on West Franklin Street, said the store has been out of it for weeks.
“We sold out in May. We probably sold out in about two weeks after it began hitting the news there might be a shortage,” she said. “We have it on order, but we don’t get any shipping dates.”
Martin said there is a growing shortage of the granular chlorine for pool treatment as well.
“We’re just recommending that they use an algaecide weekly and shock it more frequently,” she said.
The problem, said Kelsie McWilliams at AquaVida Pools, an inground pool installer in Evansville, is that a tidal wave of new pool installations increased demand for chlorine treatments at the same time fire knocked out one of the country’s main manufacturers of it.
“Since COVID, everyone is home now and we’ve seen very high demand in installing inground pools,” she said.
A chemical fire at a manufacturer in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura in August 2020 is blamed for putting a serious dent in the ability to meet demand for the chlorine tablets to treat…