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by Josh Gardner
Experts say to expect a steep uptick in the price of chlorine and urge pool owners to run, not walk, to their suppliers. Even with prices already double those of last year in some places, the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. CNBC reports prices could rise to 70 percent over last year’s. In addition to the fire at BioLab near Lake Charles, demand for pool supplies soared last year as the pandemic forced would-be vacationers to entertain themselves at home.
So what’s a pool owner to do? One option is a saltwater pool, which relies on the process of electrolysis to produce chlorine rather than the use of tablets. UV, ozone, or ionization systems can also be used, though the costs may be prohibitive to some and mostly still rely on at least a small amount of chlorine.
As pool owners are forced to conserve chlorine, experts urge common-sense solutions including maintenance of filtration systems, keeping pets out of the water, and showering before swimming. (Read more Hurricane Laura stories.)
Article edited from Newser.