What you've suspected since your first swimming lesson at the YMCA has now been confirmed by research: There's a ton of pee in public pools, and in your pool at home too. Basically, commercial pools have around 20 gallons of pee floating around with you and your kids, and private, residential pools typically have around 2 gallons.
The problem? Pee in the pool is yucky, of course, but human urine is typically sterile. But when it comes into contact with the usual disinfectants used in pools (such as chlorine) it can result in new chemical compounds that are actually pretty bad for you.
Here's why peeing in a pool is not only gross, it can be dangerous too.
The solution? Well, everyone needs to stop peeing in pools ASAP, but that's probably not going to happen any time soon, especially since small children who aren't toilet trained contribute quite a bit of urine themselves (swim diapers don't do anything aside from keep poop from popping out — urine flows freely).
The onus, then, is on the maintenance workers to keep the pools' pH levels in line and also to keep the pool area well-ventilated. This will move the chloramines out and bring fresh air in.
Definitely, though, if you're old enough to pee in a toilet consistently, just don't pee in the pool.
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