Many Americans Use Swimming Pools As Communal Bathtub

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Posted: May 31, 2022 at 12:33 pm

Here’s something to consider before you jump in the pool … A new survey out about the health and cleanliness of swimming pool water may give you some pause before cannonballing into the deep end. The study conducted by the Water Quality and Health Council finds that 51% of Americans admit to using the pool as an alternative to a shower or a bath after exercising or doing yardwork. This, despite the fact that 64% saying that they understand the pool chemicals do not eliminate the need to shower. The chairman of the Water Quality & Health Council explains, “When dirt, sweat, personal care products, and other things on our bodies react with chlorine, there is less chlorine available to kill germs.” He said people should rinse off their bodies for one minute before going in the pool. And there are other findings of the survey you probably don’t want to hear:

40% of people admitted to peeing in the pool.

24% say they would go in the pool within one hour of having diarrhea.

48% say they never shower before swimming.