Chlorine usage grows across Tweed
BACKYARD pool owners across the Tweed are facing a shortage of pool salt caused by the flooding of salt mines in Central Queensland.
And with some industry sources tipping the shortages could spread to table salt, pool owners are being told to turn off their electric salt chlorinators which turn salt (sodium chloride) into forms of chlorine. They are asked to revert to using either liquid or granulated chlorine.
Pool supply shops have been heavily affected by the shortage, with some putting customers on a waiting list for salt.
Some also fear supplies of certain types of chlorine could soon run short due to the number of pool owners along the east coast switching to manufactured chlorine and government authorities in Queensland and Victoria using large amounts as a disinfectant in the flood clean-up.
Pool owners are also using more salt after their pools were flooded by rain.
Co-owner of the long-established Tweed Heads pool supply firm Wyuna Pools, Gabriel Robertson, said her Ducat Street shop had run out of salt three times and was again waiting for supplies.
“We’ve had a waiting list and people from Brisbane and Ipswich come down and get their salt from us,” she said.
Flooding of salt mines near Rockhampton, she said, meant supplies had to come from Whyalla in South Australia or from as far as Perth.
“It’s all got to be trucked through and with the floods, some of the trucks couldn’t get through,” she said.
“I had one lady from a resort on the Gold Coast ring up saying she would have to close her pool.
“But all you have to do is put chlorine in every day.
“If you haven’t got the salt, turn the chlorinator off and put chlorine in.”