For 17% Of Americans, The Public Pool Is A Urination Station

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Back in my lifeguarding days, I started every season with a message to our pool patrons: "We don't swim in your toilet, please don't pee in our pool." Turns out 17% of Americans didn't listen. Gross!


According to a survey taken by the Water Quality and Health Council, 17% of Americans—that's roughly 1 in 6— admit that they've peed in a public pool. Perhaps these people weren't terrified into holding it by a lifeguard who told them that the water would turn bright purple and everyone would know if they peed while swimming. Or, perhaps, the fact that 78% of all swimmers believed that their fellow pool patrons were using the water as a giant toilet led 1 in 6 adults down F-It Highway, thinking that they weren't alone in their unsanitary habits.

Of course, chlorine helps kill off some of the germs spread by sneezing, spitting, urinating, and sweating in the pool, but it's probably best to follow the CDC's recommendations and avoid swallowing any pool water. Or maybe, in light of such nasty revelations, we should all just switch the ol' lifeguard standby around and start swimming in our toilets instead. At least we'd know who was peeing in the water.

One In Six Adults Admit Urinating In Pool [UPI]



I don't pee in the shower. I will jump out, sit on the toilet soaking wet, pee, then get back in. I've never peed in the ocean and MAYBE in a public swimming pool when I was very young, but I don't remember it. It just grosses me out, which I guess is weird.

I did, however, have a pool water swallowing contest with my cousin when I was 8 that I'm not feeling too good about right now.