Demand for pool salt along the east coast of Australia has sky-rocketed after the recent floods, which has exacerbated the existing shortages caused by workforce shortages, quarantine restrictions, and breakdowns in the supply chain.
It has prompted pool stores to limit the amount of salt bags customers can purchase as pool owners impacted by recent rain events have been scrambling to find pool salt are willing to drive 40km to buy salt to treat their pool.
It's not that the salt suppliers are not manufacturing, they are in fact manufacturing at 100-per-cent capacity, it's just that the demand is massive with the wet weather events, low unemployment rates and thus a shortage of labour, with worker absenteeism due to COVID-19 infection or quarantine had compounded to create a significant shortage.
It is difficult to predict how long the shortage would continue due to the saturation of areas typically in high-demand and weather forecasts, the industry is bracing for prolonged shortages if significant rain events, such as the ones impacting northern New South Wales and Queensland continue.
What to do if you can't get pool salt.
We recommend that if you are seeing the LOW TDS - SEE MANUAL Alert and the OXI SET level on your Naked control cannot be increased above 60% and you are unable to purchase pool salt that you reduce the OXI SET down to 0% to protect the OXI CELL from being damaged, you will need to regularly add a small amount of liquid chlorine to the pool until you can acquire pool salt once again and then raise the OXI SET back up to 100%.
Can I use mineral salts?
Absolutely you can use a mineral salt mix if you can't acquire standard pool salt, just keep in mind that you will need around 20-30% more to get 100% production from your Naked system and the mineral salt blends can be quite expensive to purchase.
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