Swimming is an extremely healthy activity and is known by many people today. Not every family is qualified to build an indoor swimming pool, so going to the public swimming pool is no stranger. However, recently scientists have declared a shocking truth about the level of dirty swimming pool water.
University of Alberta researchers measured urine output on more than 250 samples from 31 swimming pools and hot tubs in two Canadian cities. The results showed that, in an 830,000-liter swimming pool (one-third of the standard Olympic swimming pool), there were 75 liters of urine. Another smaller swimming pool has 30 liters of urine in it.
Before that, a study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters said that people often release a variety of chemicals into swimming pools through body fluids. Besides, with the event that the pool water changed color after a night at the 2016 Rio Olympics, they warned the authorities to need to monitor water quality thoroughly.
The excessive amount of urine in the pool surprised the scientists
Not only urine, but another factor that is measured is also acesulfame-K (ACE), an artificial sweetener. At a swimming pool and a public hot tub, the content of this substance is 570 times higher than that in normal tap water. After this study was released, the city of Alberta’s health care agency has yet to comment.
Western countries are still known to have a high level of living conditions and people’s awareness. But with such research results, it will surely make many people shocked and frustrated, especially those who like to dive in the water of the swimming pool.
In the West like that, we certainly can not completely trust the quality of the public swimming pools at home. Not only does unsafe water quality make us concerned about the level of cleanliness, but also can become a risk of skin diseases, red-eye pain, mumps, gynecological diseases…
Should you access to public swimming pools?
It is best to limit access to public swimming pools, especially avoid swimming pools with too many people. When swimming, the body is easily bumped, slightly scratched, viruses, fungi, skin diseases are easy to penetrate. Therefore, it is necessary to clean the skin with soap and high alkaline shower gel to avoid dermatological diseases.
You should rinse your mouth with clean water as soon as you get ashore because chemicals in swimming pool water if you drink it easily destroy tooth enamel. If you see unusual symptoms in your eyes or ears, you should seek immediate medical attention.