LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – The summer pool season may be endangered! It’s almost summer in southern Nevada, but there may be a major pool problem … not enough chlorine to clean them!
There is currently a nationwide lack of chlorine, the end of which is not in sight. Chlorine tablets have been in high demand since one of the country’s main manufacturing facilities was burned down in Louisiana last year.
“It’s been utterly ridiculous, really for the past year and a half!” said Dave Rubinson, owner of Dave Rubinson Pools, LLC.
Rubinson has been in business for more than two decades, renovating and maintaining pools in the valley. He says he has never seen such a lack of chlorine.
“Right now the wholesaler I’m buying from doesn’t have any. Each of their stores, and there are five or six stores here in town, each of them have a big job waiting to be done,” said Rubinson.
Rubinson saw the writing on the wall this winter and has been storing it ever since. However, the 100 buckets he saved only guarantee that he will be able to clean his 300 customers for another two months.
“It’s a problem. If they don’t stock up before I run out, it will be a problem,” said Rubinson.
It’s the same problem at Pacific Pool & Spa Supply, where manager Sajib Saha says chlorine prices continue to rise.
“I bought a pallet with 24 buckets on a pallet last year. But this year our dealer said, ‘We’re only going to sell you four buckets a day.’ So it’s pretty hard, “said Saha. “This year the prices are going tremendously insane because all the vendors are raising prices every week. This also affects homeowners because if they want to get in they used to buy a 50 pound bucket for $ 110 / $ 120, now it is so far as $ 180 / $ 190. And I told them it would be better to keep some in stock to kick off the summer or the prices will go insane every month. “
Now these rising prices are being passed on to the pool owners.
“I raised my price in April to hopefully compensate for it. And we don’t even know where it will end up in terms of price,” said Rubinson.
It’s not all bad news. Chlorine tablets are mainly used for private pools. The larger communal pools and the ones you see at the resorts on the Strip are mostly treated with liquid chlorine, and there’s no sign of a shortage yet.
“Stadium Swim has the most advanced pool filtration technology in Las Vegas, with full water recirculation 6x faster than code. Stadium Swim’s automated chemical dispensing system instantly adjusts water chemistry throughout the day and requires liquid chlorine. The supply bottleneck is specific to tablet chlorine and will not affect pool operations, but we continue to closely monitor any supply bottlenecks, “a representative from Circa told 13 Action News.
“Our local chlorine salesman tells us that the current lack of chlorine is currently only affecting the production of dry chlorine tablets. Clark County uses liquid chlorine and according to our salesman they have enough liquid chlorine on site to keep our pool operations & disinfection going unaffected, “said a Clark County representative, who oversees a number of public swimming pools.
Las Vegas city officials also said they are not suffering from the current chlorine deficiency.