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Why does pee turn blue in pools?
Swimming pools are basically huge blue toilet bowls. We’ve all peed in them — be honest — and a new study is stirring up our guilt by showing that urinating in a chlorinated pool creates a toxic chemical called cyanogen chloride. Cyanogen chloride forms when chlorine from the pool reacts with nitrogen in urine.
What happens to urine in a pool?
There can be anywhere from 8-20 gallons of urine in a typical pool, according to a study by the University of Alberta. When this urine comes into contact with chlorine, it creates chloramines, which is what’s giving off the odor. Cyanogen chloride is a chemical created when someone pees in a pool.
Does peeing in a pool turn it green?
Water quality is a health concern in all public pools, and although it won’t turn the water green, urine can pose hazards to swimmers’ health. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to detect in the chlorinated water of a huge pool.
What happens when you mix urine and chlorine?
Chlorine reacts with urine to form a host of potentially toxic compounds called disinfection byproducts. These can include anything from the chloramines that give well-used pools the aforementioned odor, to cyanogen chloride, which is classified as a chemical warfare agent.
Can you get a UTI from peeing in the pool?
“If someone were to urinate in the pool with either blood or urine infected with bacteria near you while in the pool, there is always the chance of coming in contact with it and the small risk of acquiring an infection,” Karlovsky said.
Can you get a UTI from peeing in a pool?
Can pool water change color if you pee in it?
It’s the most common pool myth of all time: If you pee in the pool the water will change color and everyone will know. Parents have long used the story of a chemical that changes color in the presence of pee to keep their children from peeing in the pool. The fact is there is no such dye that currently exists.
Can you get UTI from peeing in pool?
Do pools change color when you pee?
How do you pee in a pool without being noticed?
Keep moving: The most important thing you need to do is keep yourself mobile. Don’t stand still (or sit) and pee like you usually would, because it will become clear you’re urinating in the pool right away. Don’t close your eyes, don’t shake it off, don’t start talking to the guy (or girl) next to you.