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    Rio Olympics Algae

    So what does everyone think happened that allowed the RIO olympic's diver, and now the water polo pool's to turn deep green with algae overnight! They are over treating the pools with so much chlorine the polo players are complaining they can't open their eyes

    Doesn't it seem weird that pool's of that size could turn a deep cloudy green overnight?
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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    No, it was caused by wind and baking soda, according to experts.
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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    No, it was caused by wind and baking soda, according to experts.
    Do you think that's actually what caused it???! Baking soda??

    I know the heat is making it worse, and it's a lot hotter in RIO than southern california but come on...isn't there full time staff taking care of that? lol
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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiptoeadventures View Post
    I know the heat is making it worse, and it's a lot hotter in RIO than southern california but come on...isn't there full time staff taking care of that? lol
    It isn't that hot in Rio as it is winter there at this time of year. It is actually a lot warmer here in Toronto than it is in Rio. High today in Rio was 24C which is 76F.
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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    "Nope, the green tone seen was due to a proliferation of algae, the organizing body said. The algae bloomed because of heat and lack of wind, it said."

    And all this time I've been following TFP and using chlorine when all I need is a big fan and some ice !!
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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    Oh, right, lack of wind. My bad.

    Yes, not that hot. It was 72 and rainy in Rio yesterday. One article said it was from high alkalinity. Hence baking soda.
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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    The diving pool actually went green on Tuesday and the adjacent water polo pool on Wednesday. The pool used for swimming is indoors and is fine - at least so far.
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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    Not really. Ryan Lochte's hair turned green.
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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    Must have copper in the water. Maybe they are using a mineral system so they don't have to use as much chlorine....

    That really worked out well for them if that's the case...
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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    Quote Originally Posted by Kiss4aFrog View Post
    And all this time I've been following TFP and using chlorine when all I need is a big fan and some ice !!
    hahahah right?!
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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    Sad that one of the test kits could diagnose their issue in minutes and would have them fixing it in no time. But if there is that much algae in there, it will be a while to get it all filtered out. I don't know how they thought it would be nice and blue and clear in one day.


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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    Quote Originally Posted by Josun54 View Post
    Sad that one of the test kits could diagnose their issue in minutes and would have them fixing it in no time. But if there is that much algae in there, it will be a while to get it all filtered out. I don't know how they thought it would be nice and blue and clear in one day.


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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    Thought I would have a look see what TFP members had to say about the situation. My husband suggested I look actually.
    You've said the same things I've told my husband of course.
    One would think that the Olympics "experts" would know how to take care of pools!

    My husband and even our bug man who came today said I would have been all over it before it turned green

    Sad. Just sad.
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    Re: Rio Olympics Algae

    It's really ridiculous that the IOC would allow that to happen. All they had to do was post some numbers here and we all could have helped.
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