Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Li and her colleagues report they can now tell roughly how much pee is in a pool by measuring the artificial sweeteners carried in most people's urine. A May CDC report showed that cryptosporidium outbreaks linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds doubled from 16 to 32 between and To learn more about keeping your family safe in the pool this summer, visit cdc. Chlorine reacts with urine to form a host of potentially toxic compounds called disinfection byproducts. You can go online to see if yours does and check to see if it has been cited or closed for any violations. The scientists calculated that one ,gallon, commercial-size swimming pool contained almost 20 gallons of urine.
It's found in everything from yogurt to soup these days, so it's no surprise that it's ubiquitous in our urine.
What’s Lurking in Your Pool Water?
The potential health issues include more asthma in elite swimmers and less-major respiratory and skin issues sometimes seen in swimmers, lifeguards, and pool workers. Blackstock says urine in recreational water isn't necessarily a risk for swimmers. And enough people are peeing in pools for sweeteners to show up there, too. But while swimming pools and water parks look refreshing, dangers can lurk in them. You know that sharp odor of chlorine from the swimming pool you can recall from earliest childhood?