Peeing in swimming pools may be hazardous to your health. That's the message from scientists who have found that compounds in urine mix with chlorine to form chemicals that have been linked to respiratory effects in swimmers. Researchers in recent years have been trying to determine whether breathing disinfection byproducts in the air at indoor pools can lead to asthma or other respiratory problems. In a series of laboratory experiments, the scientists combined water collected from swimming pools in China with mixtures meant to mimic the chemical composition of sweat and urine.
How much pee is in our swimming pools? New urine test reveals the truth
Peeing in the Pool is Gross and May Actually Be Bad For You
A special compound added to the water in swimming pools will reveal the presence of urine and catch those who pee in the pool. No matter what your parents might have told you, no magical chemical exists that when added to a swimming pool will reveal the presence of urine in the water by producing a brightly-colored cloud:. In I spent two weeks visiting my father in Sacramento, California. Never saw red stains in the water, either. The belief in such a chemical spans many countries, as does the juvenile certainty particular pools are spiked with it. Experts on such matters say although a reliable urine-detecting dye could be produced, the trick would be getting it to react only to urine and to not trigger in the presence of similar organic compounds likely present in swimming pools.
Please Stop Peeing In The Swimming Pool, CDC Says
But that doesn't mean there should be pee in the pool. A swimming pool is not a toilet. Toilets typically do not have other people swimming in it. If there is a person in your toilet, you may want to call a plumber or the police. Pee in the toilet, not in the pool!
It is an antisocial act that normally goes under the radar, but many swimmers have long suspected the truth: people are peeing in the pool. Now scientists have been able to confirm the full extent of offending for the first time, after developing a test designed to estimate how much urine has been covertly added to a large volume of water. Regular swimmers with a keen sense of hygiene may wish to stop reading now.