COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Islanders might not be capable of discover what they sometimes use to open their swimming pools this 12 months.
Pool & Patio Middle Operations Supervisor Joe Stockley tells 12 Information whereas there’s at the moment a chlorine pill scarcity, there are different merchandise out there to maintain swimming pools clear and protected this summer time.
“If you happen to’re keen to vary up your routine barely or strive one thing new, we’ll at all times have one thing out there when you can’t discover these tablets,” Stockley stated.
Stockley stated the scarcity pertains notably to the pill type, so if pool house owners don’t need to deviate, there are different merchandise that include chlorine and are simply as efficient.
“There are lots of different choices, with respects of sorts of chlorine, to maintain your swimming pools clear, protected and sanitary,” Stockley stated.
“There’s salt-based methods, that are simply chlorine manufacturing vegetation that you could put in your pool,” he continued. “As an alternative of getting to purchase chlorine individually, you’re making the chlorine to your pool through a salt system.”
There additionally choices for pool house owners who might need to strive one other chemical to reduce their chlorine utilization.
“There are pure borate merchandise we will use that may cut back your chlorine necessity or your chlorine utilization by as much as 50% or 60%,” Stockley defined.
One of many most important causes for the pill scarcity, in response to Stockley, was a fire that destroyed a chlorine manufacturing plant final 12 months.
“That individual manufacturing facility was chargeable for the manufacturing of the uncooked supplies that go into chlorine pill manufacturing,” Stockley stated.
Because of the scarcity, Stockley stated provide shops like Pool & Patio are solely allowed to buy a certain quantity of chlorine tablets every month, which is making them laborious to return by.
Stockley additionally believes the uptick in folks buying and putting in swimming pools all through the pandemic has additionally attributed to the scarcity. He stated it’s “a requirement we’ve by no means seen earlier than.”
“That new water, and people new swimming pools that have been put in final 12 months, clearly have to be maintained,” he stated.
Stockley urged clients to not purchase the tablets in bulk, particularly since his retailer has already bought out of its Could allotment.
“Get what you want for a pair weeks, or a month or so, after which come again and resupply,” he suggested.
Stockley stated his retailer might be receiving a cargo of chlorine tablets later this week and within the coming months.