Many people enjoy going to a public pool. It is a well-known fact that some people urinate inside of a pool. However, these pools may have more urine than most people think. A team of researchers tested two Olympic-sized pools for acesulfame-K (ACE), which is a sweetener that is found in urine.
They tested a 220,000 gallon pool. It had 75 liters of urine. They also tested a 110,000 gallon pool. It had 30 liters of urine in it. Additionally, the researchers tested water samples from 250 hot tubs and pools. All of the pools had urine in them. In fact, the pools had 570 times more ACE than tap water.
The reason that the researchers checked for ACE is because it is found in pre-packaged foods. It cannot be metabolized by humans, so the body excretes is through urine. The researchers stated that they did not want to scare anyone with the study. However, they do want people to know that the urine in pools is a public health concern.
Urine itself is sterile. However, when it reacts with chlorine, it forms a compound that can irritate the respiratory system and eyes. It has also been shown to trigger or worsen asthma.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that health hazards in public pools have been a concern for a long time. Every year, thousands of pools close due to health and safety violations. Many pools do not have the proper PH for killing germs.