A new study suggests peeing in pools is actually a bad thing. I know what you’re probably thinking; scientists had to conduct a study to figure this out? Well, a study published in Environmental Science and Technology shows that while peeing in the pool is a disgusting and unhygienic habit it also causes less than healthy reactions that can have harmful effects on our bodies.
The real problem with this action is caused when the uric acid, a byproduct of pee, combines with chlorine in the pool. When these two products react and combine a harmful gas called cyanogen chloride can be yielded. This gas, when inhaled, can cause harm to the central nervous system, heart, and lungs. Along with this byproduct, the harmful gas trichloramine also has the potential to be yielded due to reaction with uric acid. Both of these gases have been linked to acute and chronic lung problems and other health problems in swimmers.
This problem may seem redundant, but with 1 in 5 Americans admitting to peeing in pools this problem may hang around. Jing Li a professor of applied chemistry at China Agricultural University that while increasing the amount of chlorine in the water will help, the most surefire way of riding this problem is to stop peeing in pools altogether. So, next time you’re thinking about peeing in a public pool or even your own, think twice. Or just get out like the 80% of Americans that would rather not swim in another persons pee.
Alex Sroczynski (6)