After reading through these statistics of how much human urine there is in hotel pools (and jacuzzis) I’m sitting here scanning back through every hotel pool I’ve swum in and loved over the years. The Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas has one of the greatest pool setups around. It’s a seemingly never-ending labyrinthine system of lazy rivers and pools spanning the massive resort, with badass water slides littered throughout…Well, chances are that pool mecca is full of piss.
Wet Republic’s Saturday day parties in Las Vegas? It’s one of the most fun parties on the planet and it attracts the best DJs around. Alas, that pool is probably full of piss.
Why did I become such a cynic? A new study has found that the average hotel pool contains an asinine amount of human urine:
A new study, published this month in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, suggests that as many as 20 gallons, or 75 liters, in a large swimming pool may be pee.
For three weeks, researchers calculated the levels of ACE in public and hotel swimming facilities (and one private residence, just for good measure). What they found was that ACE occurred in measurable quantities in every single body of water, and at concentrations much higher—about 570 times—than Canadian tap water.
In a smaller swimming pool (about half of an Olympic-size pool), there still may be about 8 gallons, or 30 liters, of urine.
Hot tubs, however, are the worst. The study includes one hot tub that contained “more than double that of any other sample taken,” according to the report. (via T&L)
That means that on average, there’s at least half a garbage can full of piss floating around hotel pools. Sometimes, there’s A FUCK TON MORE, as is the case with jacuzzis.
The people conducting the study did emphasize that just because pools were literally filled with human piss, it doesn’t mean that they’re unsafe. The urine actually breaks down very rapidly in the chemicals present in swimming pools, so while there’s a lot of peepee in pools it isn’t necessarily harmful.
If you’re looking for a deeper explanation of why the pools are safe even though there might be 20 gallons of piss in it, you can CLICK HERE to head on over to Travel & Leisure.