Newcastle pools risk closure amid chlorine shortage

Swimming pools face having to close because of a shortage of chemicals needed to chlorinate the water.

One – Elswick Pool in Newcastle – said it came within hours of running out.

Senior manager Phil Jameson said it had got to a point that “if we hadn’t had the delivery on the Monday we would have been shut on Tuesday”.

Chemical distribution firm Brenntag said the war in Ukraine had added to the “very challenging conditions” already caused by Covid and Brexit.

The company said container and labour shortages, the Suez canal blockage and increasing energy prices had led to “severe disruptions” in global supply chains.

  • Original Article: BBC News
  • Date: March 2022