As the world embraces Elon Musk’s ground breaking lithium powered Tesla batteries and electric hybrid cars, de-bate is raging about whether there is enough of this natural resource in current reserves and resources to meet future demand.

In fact, with an estimated production rate of 500,000 cars per year in the latter half of this decade, Tesla says it alone will require “today’s entire worldwide production of lithium ion batteries”.

With everything from cars to smartphones, laptops and power tools reliant on lithium to operate, the increasing demand for the lightest metal on the periodic table is already having an impact on Australia’s spa market.

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“We are already seeing a global shortage of lithium hypochlorite, the most common sanitiser used today in spas,” says Waterco’s National Key Accounts Manager, Gary Beecroft. “The shortage is caused mainly by the increase in the demand of lithium hydroxide/carbonate for batteries.”

Global lithium shortage affects Australian spa market Waterco’s Poppits range a ready-made solution for spa owners

This shortage has essentially stopped the supply of lithium hypochlorite to the spa market, leaving spa owners with limited options to maintain the health and clarity of spa water.

“Poppits is one of the few products that have already been designed to sanitise spas using hydrogen peroxide to oxidise the bacteria and organic materials in the water,” Gary explains. “However, unlike traditional lithium hypo-chlorite spa sanitisers, Poppits does not contain chlorine or bromine, which is ideal for asthmatics and people with sensitive skin.”

Free of harsh chemicals and chemical by-products Poppits is the latest ultimate water management system for spa and pool sanitisation. Developed by Waterco, this system uses advanced oxidisation to purify spa and pool water. Advanced oxidisation essentially raises the levels of active oxygen in the water, resulting in the removal of bacterial threats. “Endorsed by the National Asthma Council Australia, and the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ as the ‘Sensitive Choice’ in pool and spa sanitisation, Poppits spa care range is specially formulated to be gentle on skin, kind to asthmatics, and good for the environment,” says Gary.