How Much Pee Is In That Public Pool?

posted by Ted Garcia - 

Ever pee in a pool? You're not alone! Our pal, Nick Hardwick from XTRA 1360 admits to contributing at least a gallon to any pool he's in!! (By the way, TMI, Nick!!) Well, a team of researchers spent three weeks testing how much urine was in more than two dozen pools and hot tubs in Canada.

They looked at the concentration of a certain artificial sweetener found in a lot of processed foods and passes through the body unaltered. And their findings are pretty gross.

In one public pool, it was estimated swimmers had left almost 20 gallons of pee. Another pool, about half the size of the first, was calculated to have about 8 gallons.

If you're shocked by that, we've got some more news for you. The team also tested a handful of hot tubs and found concentrations of the sweetener even higher in those.

One hotel Jacuzzi had a concentration three times higher than the worst swimming pool.

You might be wondering why a team of scientists spent weeks studying what most people already suspected. It was all in the name of hygiene.

The researchers want to raise awareness about the risks of peeing in the pool. Although urine is sterile, it can cause eye, skin and respiratory problems when mixed with pool chemicals.

Does this surprise you? 

Ted Garcia

Ted Garcia

Ted Garcia is co-host of San Diego's Morning News on News Radio KOGO AM 600 in San Diego. Read more

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