ITHACA, N.Y.—The much-ballyhooed lifeguard shortage has become passé. Ithaca’s short on chlorine now.

Cass Park Pool will close from July 11-13, the City of Ithaca announced, due to difficulty getting enough chlorine to keep the pool operational. Chlorine is used to kill germs and bacteria in swimming pools.

“The Cass Park Pool is in an unprecedented crisis of not having a consistent supply of chlorine to operate the pools,” reads the announcement. “Suppliers are currently prioritizing Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities.”

The announcement states that a clorine delivery is scheduled for July 13, which would allow the pool to reopen on July 14. The shortage is, reportedly, due to a pandemic-era recreational pool boom and a fire at a Louisiana production facility that weakened its capacity.

Further updates are slated to be posted on

Matt Butler

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