Swimming pools are forced to close due to chlorine shortages and rising energy bills

Swimming pools in Staffordshire, Essex and Brighton have already closed or reduced schedules, leaving swimmers high and dry. There are fears that more swimming pools will have to close their doors

Swimming pools face a shortage of chlorine
Swimming pools face a shortage of chlorine

Parents face a summer vacation nightmare as swimming pools close their doors due to lack of chlorine.

The government is being urged to step in and save Britain’s swimming pools as they battle global shortages on top of soaring energy bills.

Swimming pools in Staffordshire, Essex and Brighton have already closed or reduced schedules, leaving swimmers high and dry.

But it’s feared many more will follow as desperate pool bosses beg for shares from various venues – in a fight to keep their doors open.

A recent report claims nine out of 10 pools will have to close, with the nationwide bill for warming the water expected to rise from £500m in 2019 to more than £1.2bn this year.

In addition, chlorine prices have increased by up to 60% due to a global shortage.






Swimming pools also have to reckon with higher energy costs

Chlorine suppliers have blamed the shortage on falling production in China, a fire at a US chemical plant, global transport problems and Brexit.

Now Olympic swimming champion Duncan Goodhew says the government should take action to keep swimming pools open.

He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “The health and well-being benefits of swimming far surpass any other physical activity.

“In terms of health benefits and costs to society, this is huge.”

Goodhew, 67, who won gold and bronze medals at the 1980 Olympics, added, “We know our obesity crisis has reached, or in some cases surpassed, the United States.”







Tamworth’s SnowDome in Staffordshire closed its 25 meter pool, junior pool and toddler pool
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Discussing the pressures swimming pools are under, he added: “This is something the government cannot and should not remain silent about much longer.”

“There are surprisingly very few production plants for chlorine, given that it makes our water safe and is used extensively in the food industry,” he explained.

“Large operators are transporting chlorine across the country to ensure pools stay open, but the smaller operators are a little more challenged. They have fewer supplies and it’s harder for them to find them.”

Tamworth’s SnowDome in Staffordshire closed its 25 meter pool, junior pool and toddler pool on Sunday.

The leisure attraction said the closure was due to a national chlorine shortage and didn’t know when swimmers would be allowed back in.






It is feared that many swimming pools will have to close their doors

The SnowDome said: “There is a national chlorine shortage. We are doing our best to keep the pool open.” The rest of the complex will remain open to visitors as usual.

The Saunders Park paddling pool in Lewes Road, Brighton has also been temporarily closed.

A council spokesman said: “As chlorine shortages continue, we need to prioritize and divert all of our remaining supplies to the city’s three main swimming pools…”

The shortage also prompted Colchester BC to close its central leisure facility’s fitness and teaching pools on certain dates starting last Saturday.

To help manage the chlorine supply, Colchester Leisure World is asking people to ensure they shower beforehand and remove their shoes in the changing rooms or by the pool.

Cllr Adam Fox, vice-chairman of Colchester Borough Council, said: “Due to the national chlorine shortages we have taken some proactive measures to ensure people continue to have access to our swimming facilities and meetings.

“We know that many other pools across the country are having to close and by acting now we can extend our chlorine supply and continue to offer sessions and classes for all demographics across our wide range of pool facilities.

“We are closely monitoring our shipments and are in touch with our chemical suppliers to ensure we are in the best possible place to keep the services running.

“If we identify further delays in deliveries we will continue to do everything possible to ensure we keep all services operational, although this may involve further changes to timetables across our offering.”

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