Getting ready for "pool season", some FACTS that might keep you out of the pool!!

Scientists now know how much pee is in a swimming pool.

  

(Huffingtonpost.com)

A whiz of a study has determined just how much urine may be in the  average public pool. And urine for a shock: It’s more than anyone wants.

A team of researchers in Canada who were looking for a way to detect  urine in a swimming pool, turns out, the solution was pretty sweet: an  artificial sweetener called aspartame potassium (ACE), found in a wide  variety of consumer products.

The human body doesn’t break down aspartame potassium, so it’s  excreted in urine but remains detectable in bodies of water, even at  varying pH levels and temperatures, according to Environmental Science  & Technology Letters, a respected “pee-riodical.”

How much urine exactly? Researchers monitored two public pools for  three weeks for ACE. One pool contained 110,000 gallons of water, while  the other held 220,000 gallons.

Based on the ACE measurements, researchers estimate that over the  3-week period, swimmers released 7.92 gallons of pee into the smaller  pool, and nearly 20 gallons into the larger one.

However, University of Alberta graduate student Lindsay Blackstock,  the lead researcher of the study, suggests increased public education  regarding appropriate swimming hygiene practices.

“We recommend that all pool users should rinse off excess personal  care products in the provided showers before entering public pools,” she  told Research Gate. “Additionally, we should all be considerate of  others and make sure to exit the pool to use the restroom.”

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