Our Annual Early Bird Sale is on, albeit with a caveat this year. As always select chemicals are 25% off and others are 20% – this is our best sale of the year and your chance to stock up for the season. We can estimate your order and deliver with your pool opening. Sale ends 3/13/21.
The caveat? Chlorine products are not on sale.
There are multiple reasons why and this very informative article that explains the situation in more depth.
Simply put we are absorbing a higher cost for chlorine and we are expecting a shortage this year. We are holding our price (for now) but can not extend a discount on chlorine. We are optimistic we will have a normal supply all summer but we can not guarantee that- we suggest your secure what you need now for the year.
Here are the key points taken directly from the article:
Disinfectants and sanitizers are in extremely high demand. This includes chlorine, which has found alternative uses in other industrial businesses for disinfecting surfaces. The demand on chlorine/sanitizers in general has been dramatic this year. Even though the lockdowns have relaxed and we are returning more toward “business as usual” in the United States, there is one product that will be in short supply for the foreseeable future. Trichlor. And with the shortage of trichlor comes a ripple effect that will increase demand on other items which will also raise prices. It’s simple supply-and-demand.
In August 2020, one of the largest chlorine manufacturing plants in North America was destroyed by Hurricane Laura, and it caught on fire. The implications of this disaster cannot be understated. Prior to this incident the demand on chlorine was already near an all time high, thanks to the COVID-19 lockdowns. Sources in the industry estimate the plant was responsible for at least one third (1/3) of trichlor production in the country. Now, this production will be taken offline for the foreseeable future. Other manufacturers can only produce chlorine at a finite rate, and while they are ramping up production, it will not make up for the loss. Trichlor prices have nearly doubled since August, and are expected to increase even more next year. Be prepared for this, because it’s coming.
To fill the void, overseas manufacturers in Asia (primarily) will no doubt try to provide more trichlor to the U.S. market, but the prices will still be higher than normal and production can only increase so much before a plant reaches capacity. And thanks to COVID-19, chlorine plants were already at or near max capacity to begin with. To put this situation in perspective, the plant that burned down, according to Louisiana regulatory documents, produces about 115 million pounds of trichlor a year. It will be difficult to make that up.