One in five people urinate while swimming in public pools

Published: Jul. 19, 2012 at 9:29 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM EDT
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Cooling off in the pool is pretty normal for most people in South Georgia, but a new survey might make you think twice before diving in head first.

Swimmers are coming clean about their dirty habits in and out of the pool. WALB NEWS 10's Ryan Houston is back with more.

Public pools if not properly cleaned can become a stew of bacteria. It's not so much the pool, but what swimmers do and don't do inside it.

The Water Quality and Health Council released a new report that's sure to make a splash. Their survey found one out of five swimmers release their own fluids underwater. "I think four out of five people are actually peeing in the pool," said Swimmer Ryan Davis.

"That's like people swimming in other's people urine," said Swimmer Maggie Davis.

The swim team at the YMCA knows first hand about how common accidents happens. "Some girls were like sitting there talking about peeing in the pool. They also talked about how there would be a yellow cloud," said Swimmer Nicole Faye.

"The pools right here and the guys bathroom is all the way over there. It's a long walk," said Swimmer Ryan Davis.

Doing a breaststroke through a yellow cloud is just the beginning. The survey also found 70% of swimmer's don't shower before diving in. "If you have a large group of people who are not showering over time, it will contribute to the dirtiness of the water," said Aquatics Director Jeffery Demott.

If public pools are clean and up to code there's no need to worry. If not, you could be swimming in a man made sea of germs. "We know that it does happen. It's one of the reasons we keep chlorine in the pool," said Demott.

Demott makes sure YMCA's public pools are crystal clear."We check for chlorine and PH. The PH is the measurement acidity of the water," he said.

So the next time you go in for a dip, do your part to keep the water clean. If the public pool is cloudy and smells really bad experts say don't get in.

It could lead to you getting sick. The Water Quality and Health Council surveyed 1,000 swimmers to find out their habits.

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