Some American consumers, frustrated by the prolonged response to the virus and worried about a second wave of infections, have resorted to making swimming pools from water tanks intended for watering livestock, despite health and safety concerns.
“I have been working in this field for 35 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Thomas Eppel, CEO of Only Alpha Alpha Products Products in Indiana.
Ebel said that the demand for swimming pools produced by the company rose by 200 percent within 60 days after it witnessed a recession in March and April, adding that he has worked to double production now by increasing the number of workers, additional work shifts and paying a lot of additional wages in exchange for increased working hours.
He added that there is “a great shortage of materials used in this industry, as the pumps, heaters and swimming pools that are erected above the ground have run out at some times.”
This boom in swimming pool trade highlights the impact of the health crisis on consumer habits for the benefit of companies that provide services to consumers while they are in their homes, at a time when the world is struggling to contain new outbreaks and in which some people avoid beaches, public swimming pools and lakes to spend their holidays at home.
Tyler Hermon, sales director at (Bowles of Fun), Indianapolis, says his phone does not stop ringing, and that the company’s sales are now 43 percent higher than last year, and he attributed that entirely to the fact that people remain in quarantine indoors.
The matter also applies to Spain, a country known for its high summer temperatures, which imposes one of the strictest lockdown measures in Europe to curb the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.
The Spanish company (Fluidra), which is the largest manufacturer of swimming pool equipment in the world, granted some of its employees unpaid leave after anticipating a decrease in demand for its products, but it soon brought them all back to work, and even needed to employ more workers.
In May, the company’s products and production capacity ran out of the above-ground swimming pools, despite the hiring of additional workers. Sales of these models, which cost around 1,300 euros ($ 1,531), jumped more than 50 percent in early July compared to the same period in 2019.
The sales of easy-to-install swimming pools produced by Leroy Merlin in Spain increased to more than 200 percent during the first six months of 2020 compared to the same period in the previous year.
In Germany, there has been a rise in demand for home swimming pools during the past years, but it has witnessed a “remarkable intensity” since the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, according to a spokeswoman for the Hornbach company that manufactures swimming pools.