How national chlorine shortage may affect city’s swimming and paddling pools

All over the country, local authorities are faced with having to temporarily close paddling and swimming pools as the supply of chlorine runs out.

Supply chain difficulties and shortages are being experienced due to global production issues and a temporary closure of a factory that produces 80% of the UK's chlorine, so it may be some time before deliveries of chlorine return to normal.

Freedom Leisure, which is contracted to run the city’s swimming and paddling pools, is providing regular updates on the challenges they, and many other pool operators, are facing as national chlorine supplies deplete.  Together we are working hard to ensure we have sufficient chlorine to keep the city’s swimming pools and paddling pools safely open.

Public swimming and paddling pools

Chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) is used as a disinfectant at swimming and paddling pools across the city including:

  • King Alfred Leisure Centre
  • Prince Regent Swimming Complex
  • St Luke’s Swimming Pool
  • Hove Lagoon Paddling Pool
  • The Level Water Fountains
  • Saunders Park Paddling Pool
  • Kings Road Paddling Pool

Chlorine available will be prioritised for the city’s main pool facilities at the Prince Regent and King Alfred, so they can be kept open for schools swimming, learn to swim lessons, public and club swimming for as long as possible.

Swimmers can help keep our pools open

Swimmers can help to keep the pool water as clean as possible by showering before swimming. Showers can help to reduce the majority of pollutants added to the pool by swimmers, which means less chlorine will be needed.

Councillor Martin Osborne, co-chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture committee, said: “We understand that closing our paddling and swimming pools will have a huge impact on our residents and visitors, particularly during the summer months, but without an adequate supply of chlorine, we cannot safely operate these facilities.

“We will do everything we can to keep our pools open for as long as possible but, like many other authorities across the country, it looks likely that there may be significant closures.”

Details of any planned closures will be posted at the Leisure Centres and paddling pools, and on the Freedom Leisure and council websites.