A survey revealed that 1 in 5 Americans admit they have peed in a pool. But what really happens when you pee in the pool? It's not the urine that is the problem… it's what happens when urine mixes with pool chemicals, including chlorine, that is catching researchers' attention.
Peeing in the Pool Creates a Chemical Warfare Agent Highly toxic disinfection byproducts (DBPs) form from reactions between pool disinfectants and organic matter, including hair, skin, sweat, dirt and… urine. In a new study, researchers mixed uric acid from human urine with chlorine and found it creates two DBPs: cyanogen chloride (CNCl) and trichloramine (NCl3).
A sign saying this VERY thing used to hang next to the cash register at our city pool in the 70's.... I cant still remember the day I FINALLY "got" what it meant and thought it was so funny... but always felt a little guilty cause it always felt so good to pee in the pool. (C'mon, you know its true)