Most of us don’t want to admit that we’ve, at some point, peed in a public pool, but chances are you did… nasty!
NPR Public Health reports that the strong odor you smell at pools isn’t only chlorine, but a smell formed when chlorine meets sweat, body oils, and urine. It’s calculated that that one commercial-sized swimming pool contains 20 gallons of urine. That’s 2 gallons in a typical residential-sized pool.
An environmental engineer at Purdue University says, “I think you can assume that if people are using your pool, they’re peeing in it.”
But not only is it gross, it could also be considered a potential health hazard. Chlorine reacts with urine to produce potentially toxic compounds.
Moral of the story, please stop peeing in the pool. It’s unsanitary and gross.