Keeping the pool clean is going to cost more this summer

Published: May. 11, 2022 at 11:17 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - 90 degree temperatures meant one thing Wednesday; summer is on the way. But, if the warm weather made people think about opening up their pools for the season, it’s going to cost them.

“I never really expected it to go up this much,” said Peoria resident, Marvin Hite.

Marvin Hite said when the heat came in, his family was ready to open their pool for the season in Peoria. He spent almost $500 on chlorine Wednesday afternoon.

“If you want a pool or are gonna be a pool owner, then you’re going to have to pay the price for the chemicals,” said Hite.

Hite is not alone paying the increase in prices and seeing shortages.

“Everyone loves their pool and if they have to spend a little bit more to do it then, they’ll do it,” said manager of D & L Pools, Toby Chapman.

Chapman says not only have prices increased, but there’s also a shortage of necessary chemicals.

“Shock, algaecides, tablets, they’re all in short supply this year,” said Chapman.

Chapman says the issue stems from a lack of producers in the U.S. Back in 2020, Hurricane Laura and a fire destroyed the largest chlorine supplier’s facility in Louisiana.

“It couldn’t have happened at a worse time,” said Chapman.

Chapman says the price of a 50 pound bucket of chlorine tablets has gone up about $100 this year.

“Our margins are still the same, but we had to lower them on chlorine tablets actually because we can’t gouge people,” said Chapman.

Now, Chapman hopes the replacement facility in Louisiana will open soon.

“Ideally, that will stabilize everything, then that will slow down across the nation, I think,” said Chapman.

But, until then Hite will be enjoying his pool waiting for prices to hopefully go down.

“Maybe the price will drop down,” said Hite.

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