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Will Next Year Bring a Clean Slate?

Can’t Wait Until Next Year

Let’s face it. 2020 has been a tough year. Unfortunately, 2021 is going to have some of the same issues we are facing now. And now, there is an issue your pool may have as well.  Unfortunately, Trichloroisocyanurates (trichlor) will be in very short supply for the foreseeable future. This is your stabilized chlorine tablet that you may use in your chlorinators.

When it Rains it Pours

2020 was one of the longest and most intense hurricane seasons on record. In August, Hurricane Laura hit the western Louisiana coast damaging the Lake Charles area where one of the three domestic trichlor suppliers in the U.S. had their manufacturing plant located.  The facility was severely damaged and will need to be rebuilt; most likely, it will not be up and running for the 2021 pool season. Without this trichlor provider producing our “chlorine tablets”, there will be a nationwide shortage for the remainder of 2020 and the 2021 calendar year.

You’ve Got Options

If you have a supply of tablets left, please contact us to learn how you can properly and safely store them for your pool to use next year. They do have a shelf life and may lose potency over the winter and can be dangerous if not stored properly. There are other sanitizer options available to consider, but they will require replacement of your chemical feed system if we cannot get access to trichlor tablets. These options include salt generation systems and erosion feed system utilizing calcium hypochlorite tablets. If we have access to limited tablets, we can use them in conjunction with some other non-chlorine based products to stretch the life of the tablets you do have.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

With less supply and more demand, you want to get your orders in early for whatever sanitation option you choose. We are in close contact with our distributors that are leaving no stone unturned to try and locate more trichlor stock. But, be prepared for less stock and higher prices. That is why we recommend contacting us sooner rather than later to determine what option will work best for you and your pool.

*This information is obtained from the Certified Pool and Spa Operator Handbook. This information may not be applicable to your pool based on your pool type and location. One should reference all applicable regulations and standards for your facility.

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