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    1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    http://www.livescience.com/health/09...l-hygiene.html

    Have you done it? I think the percentage is actually much higher though.
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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    I'm pretty sure that folks are divided into two groups - those that have peed in a pool, and those that are liars.

    But I've never done it myself.
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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    What's the big deal anyway? Urine is sterile right? Yeah, it'll chew through the chlorine a little faster, but you can't catch anything from a little peepee can you?
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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    Quote Originally Posted by EskimoPie
    Urine is sterile right?
    Not if you have a bladder infection.
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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    As noted in this thread my wife is a proud member of that 1 in 5.

    As described in section 4.3 in this document, urine is composed mostly of urea and then some ammonia and some other nitrogenous compounds. The 12,220 ppm-N in urine takes over 93,000 ppm FC in that same urine volume to get rid of it. So adding 1 cup of urine in 15,000 gallons would consume around 0.4 ppm FC from the entire pool volume.

    It is rather innocuous except as noted in terms of possible bacteria, but they should get killed quickly after the chlorine reacts with the ammonia (urea is slower to react with chlorine). If you have many children all peeing in the pool, then one should have a much higher chlorine level to take care of this extra demand.

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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    Quote Originally Posted by Ohm_Boy
    I'm pretty sure that folks are divided into two groups - those that have peed in a pool, and those that are liars.

    But I've never done it myself.


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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    Rule #11 in the Forum Rules and Etiquette state that we do not discuss peeing in the pool.

    It just makes folks uncomfortable.

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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    Quote Originally Posted by EskimoPie
    http://www.livescience.com/health/09...l-hygiene.html

    Have you done it? I think the percentage is actually much higher though.
    Those were good articles

    Chem Geek's (Richard) link really got the ball rolling on this a while back. And remember, lots of us drink lots and lots of water
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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    Personally, I think it's always a good thing to occasionally get out of a pool just to go to the bathroom, whether one needs to or not...
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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    Dying!! That was hilarious Ohmboy!
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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    Quote Originally Posted by Ohm_Boy


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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    OMG that was too funny....rollin on the floor funny.
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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    Quote Originally Posted by chem geek
    As noted in this thread my wife is a proud member of that 1 in 5.

    As described in section 4.3 in this document, urine is composed mostly of urea and then some ammonia and some other nitrogenous compounds. The 12,220 ppm-N in urine takes over 93,000 ppm FC in that same urine volume to get rid of it. So adding 1 cup of urine in 15,000 gallons would consume around 0.4 ppm FC from the entire pool volume.

    It is rather innocuous except as noted in terms of possible bacteria, but they should get killed quickly after the chlorine reacts with the ammonia (urea is slower to react with chlorine). If you have many children all peeing in the pool, then one should have a much higher chlorine level to take care of this extra demand.

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    Re: 1 in 5 Americans admits peeing in the pool

    OK - I guess now it's 2 in 5, but I only do it to warm the water...
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