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JoyfulNoise

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May 23, 2015
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Tucson, AZ
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Someone send them a copy of the FC/CYA chart and the SLAM instruction page :mrgreen:
 

cubbybeave08

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Feb 2, 2008
908
Northwest Indiana
I saw the pool guy there. He was using test strips and declared the water to be safe. Just like a friend whose pool was green a few years back and kept telling me the chlorine is high...how can it be algae!
 

JoyfulNoise

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May 23, 2015
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Tucson, AZ
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The Olympics should have hired these two guys -



Even they know every good pool needs a good test kit...
 

AUSpool

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I heard it was green and they still used it!!! Go the Aussies, but hey, the Americans have been and continue to be very impressive. :D
 

SandyO

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Jul 10, 2015
47
Oxford, MI
The "reasons" I've been hearing about why it turned green have done a great job of proving to me that I know a whole lot more about my pool than I thought I did.
 

borjis

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Aug 19, 2014
3,331
Pacific NW
Was this likely a fast addition of copper algecide, followed by a shock treatment?

that or they filled that particular pool with well water with high copper?
 

drestes

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Sep 19, 2013
39
Rome, GA
The mystery of the green Olympics diving pool has been solved.

FINA, the international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water swimming, released the following statement:

FINA can confirm that the reason for the unusual water colour observed during the Rio 2016 diving competitions is that the water tanks ran out some of the chemicals used in the water treatment process. As a result the pH level of the water was outside the usual range, causing the discolouration. The FINA Sport Medicine Committee conducted tests on the water quality and concluded that there was no risk to the health and safety of the athletes, and no reason for the competition to be affected.
 

sbcpool

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Mar 10, 2015
585
Upland, CA
The mystery of the green Olympics diving pool has been solved.

FINA, the international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water swimming, released the following statement:

FINA can confirm that the reason for the unusual water colour observed during the Rio 2016 diving competitions is that the water tanks ran out some of the chemicals used in the water treatment process. As a result the pH level of the water was outside the usual range, causing the discolouration. The FINA Sport Medicine Committee conducted tests on the water quality and concluded that there was no risk to the health and safety of the athletes, and no reason for the competition to be affected.
It scares me that an organization devoted entirely to sports conducted in swimming pools is so ignorant about basic water chemistry that they think the pH of the water can affect the color in any direct way. Other than some bizarre chemical reaction, there is only one thing that causes green pool - not enough chlorine. If the algae are blooming imagine what the bacteria and viruses are doing. I bet they just tested for chlorine and decided it was good if it was over 1 mg/L without any knowledge of the CYA levels.
 

richguy

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Apr 27, 2013
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It scares me that an organization devoted entirely to sports conducted in swimming pools is so ignorant about basic water chemistry that they think the pH of the water can affect the color in any direct way. Other than some bizarre chemical reaction, there is only one thing that causes green pool - not enough chlorine. If the algae are blooming imagine what the bacteria and viruses are doing. I bet they just tested for chlorine and decided it was good if it was over 1 mg/L without any knowledge of the CYA levels.
Not entirely true. I can turn my pool green by letting the PH get too high because of iron in the water. It looks pretty close to the kind of green show in the photos.
 

ned8377

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Apr 30, 2015
250
Wake Forest, NC
Some official said low or high PH could bring out metals coloring. What ever it is, how do you run out of chemicals for an Olympic pool? Looks like they ran out of chlorine because looks like algae to me.