COLUMBIA, MO (CNN) - Summer is just around the corner, and COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted in parts of the country. This change is making it possible for some to take a dip in a local pool.
But, pools nationwide may not be open due to a chlorine shortage.
Since many Americans were forced to stay home, the installation of backyard pools skyrocketed, and in turn increased the demand for chlorine.
To make it worse, there are only 3 chlorine manufactures in the United States.
One of them, Biolab, burned down in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, and it's not expected to be back in operation until 2022.
For now, many experts think the problem will get worse saying chlorine prices may increase by 70%.