There is a pool chlorine shortage in the United States due to an increase of home swimming pools during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a fire at a Louisiana chemical plant.
What to consider when deciding which disinfectant to use for pools and spas:
- Prevent chemical accidents by reading labels for pool equipment and chemicals. Never mix multiple chemicals together in a pool chemical feeder or in a bucket. Floating chlorine dispensers typically seen in home pools require chlorine tablets for cleaning and may need a different disinfectant if supply is unavailable.
- Protect swimmers from waterborne germs by maintaining the lowest disinfectant level needed for safe swimming. A pool owner can be conservative with chlorine supplies while maintaining a safe swimming pool or spa. Test the pool and spa water’s disinfectant and pH levels before swimmers get in the water.
- Outdoor pools using a pool conditioner or pool stabilizer should keep chlorine levels at 2-parts per million (ppm) minimum. Indoor pools can maintain chlorine at 1-ppm minimum. Always check chlorine levels to confirm minimums are met before allowing swimmers into the water. Remember, the more swimmers in the water, the higher the demand for chlorine.
- Ask swimmers to rinse off before entering the pool. By taking a rinse shower for 60 seconds, sweat, dirt, germs, feces, and body oils can be kept out of the pool, resulting in less demand for chlorine.
For more information, contact 719-583-4307 or your local pool company for safe disinfectant replacements. View “Healthy Swimming” at cdc.gov for other safe swimming tips.