Don’t Pee in Pools!

Posted: August 18, 2016 in Articles
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In 2012, Michael Phelps told the Wall Street Journal, when asked, that he urinates in pools. He also said that “I think everybody pees in the pool,” and “It’s kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers.” He also said that, “Chlorine kills it, so it’s not bad.”

Before I say very politely that that is disgusting, I should mention that the American Chemical Society says that Phelps’s quote that “chlorine kills it, so it’s not bad” is false. Peeing in a pool is, in fact, harmful. I won’t go into all the detail that the article I’m reading does, but from what I can tell, the chemical reactions that occur when you pee in a chlorine-treated pool create toxic gasses.

Aside from the health issues, I really hope that not everybody thinks like Michael Phelps! I know that the members of our family don’t use the pool instead of a toilet, not because we knew all the medical issues with it, but because, as I mentioned earlier, it’s disgusting! In an ocean, it’s gross enough, but there is a lot more water. In addition, all the sea creatures have to pee somewhere. But peeing in a pool is a bit of a different story.

This kind of makes you want to stay out of public pools, huh?

  1. Libby says:

    I’m with you on this one – it’s gross!

  2. The stinging of the eyes you get in pools is a dead giveaway that they have been peed in – it is the action of the urine on the chlorine

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