6% of People Think It's Fine to Pee in Swimming Pools

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If you haven't heard, a town in Spain wants to fine people $800 for peeing in the ocean. That has ignited talk about whether or not it's bad to do. Yes, it's gross . . . but there's a LOT of worse insanity being dumped into the ocean.

There's a new poll on peeing while swimming, because, hey, why not, and 41% of people say you should just go to a restroom, and avoid peeing in the ocean OR a pool. Another 48% said it's okay to pee in the ocean, but NOT a pool.

5% of people said they think it's FINE to pee in BOTH the ocean and swimming pools. And 1% say peeing in a pool is okay, but NOT the ocean.

So, 6% of people are okay peeing in pools. Which is the WRONG answer.

In addition to being nasty, urine messes with a pool's chemistry, which is vital for keeping the water safe. It both uses up chlorine that's needed to kill bacterial microbes, and it alters a pool's pH, which can throw the chemical balance out of whack.

If you're wondering who's peeing in the pool, in the survey, 10% of 18- to 24-year-olds say it's okay to pee in the pool, while only 2% of people 65 and older agree.

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