By Samantha Williams, Chemist II, Westlake Water Solutions, Westlake Chemical Corporation
This article was published in the March edition of Recreation Management
2020 brought hardships for pools in many capacities. Whether it was closings or having to run at half-capacity, we all saw our bit of heartache. But, things got harder in August 2020 when a fire at a major Trichlor manufacturer drastically reduced the U.S. production of this type of chlorine, commonly used in backyard pools, by 40%. Combine this with the increased demand for chlorine brought on by a surge in home pool builds (up ~26%*), and a heightened priority for chlorine used in drinking water and wastewater treatment plants, and it’s easy to see why the commercial pool market is experiencing the biggest chlorine shortage in decades.
What can pool operators do in a situation like this?