Olympian Michael Phelps pees in the pool.
And he says everybody does it, too.
But the survey from the WSJ article indicates that everybody doesn’t—or at least, they don’t own up to it, because 37.7% of respondents say they never do.
Of course, we don’t have the Democrat/Republican split. And is it all adults, or just likely voters?
Previous surveys (I know, I know; this is bordering on too much information) indicate that pool pee-ers (pool peeers?) only number about one in six of respondents (17%), although 78% believe (correctly, I suppose) that other people do it. As for the science of it all, there’s this:
Urine—as well as sweat and even sunscreen—contain nitrogen, which eats up a pool’s free chlorine. Free chlorine is what kills waterborne germs that could make you sick if ingested. So if too many people are peeing in the pool or diving in while sweaty, that could mean less chlorine’s available to wipe out nasty critters.
Worrying about this is not my top priority. Plus, I don’t hang out in public pools very often any more.
But I will close by noting that there’s a potent motivation for peeing in the pool: it’s cold to get out, and taking off that wet bathing suit and trying to shoehorn yourself back into it is remarkably arduous.