any pool that has people in it, also has urine in it,
--Ernest Blatchley III, an environmental engineer at Purdue University
The average swimmer leaves about roughly the equivalent of a shot glass (1 to 2 ounces) of urine in the pool
But Its Not Just ONE Person peeing in The POOLS
Estimated 20 Gallons of Urine would be in a 220,000-gallon pool
--Researches at University of Alberta
This provides us evidence that people are indeed urinating in pools,
--Lindsay Blackstock researcher involved in the Study at Alberta
A recent university study found more than 100 chemicals in pools and hot tubs, some of which are toxic.
urine and sweat can react with chlorine to create toxic compounds known disinfection by-products, or DPBs
there is definitely a risk for asthma from these compounds,
--Susan Richardson, PhD environmental chemist at the University of South Carolina,
Spoting Unhealthy Pools
when your eyes get red in the pool or you smell that classic "chlorine" odor, it’s not due to chlorine.
It’s not the chlorine that is making your eyes red, it is the urine and sweat that combines with the chlorine,
--Michele Hllavas, RN chief of the CDC's Healthy Swimming Program
Scientists are looking
for solutions. Richardson says her team is looking into a promising new treatment that uses silver/copper disinfection and doesn't rely on much chlorine, or potentially no chlorine at all. They are testing it in pools in Myrtle Beach, SC. "From what we can tell so far, it does a great job keeping the water clear and disinfected, without necessarily needing to add chlorine," Richardson says.