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    THE ETERNAL LIE OF THE POOLS THAT TURN BLUE IF YOU PEE IN THEM

    THE ETERNAL LIE OF THE POOLS THAT TURN BLUE IF YOU PEE IN THEM
    Everyone knows about urine-indicator dye, despite the fact that it has 100 percent never existed

    If you pee in the pool, it’ll go blue! There’s a special dye in there, designed to detect urine, and it’ll billow around you in a big, embarrassing, pissy cloud, and everyone will know you’ve done it, and you’ll be hounded out of town as a known pool-piddler.

    Everybody knows that, right?

    Except it isn’t true. It doesn’t even stand up to any scrutiny as an idea — what chemical specifically detects wee-wee? Would something that would react that dramatically to a dribble of micturition be safe to swim in? And if it happened, and someone was suddenly surrounded by a cerulean aura of widdly-woo, what would the protocol be for lifeguards, pool staff and fellow swimmers? If a pool had to be evacuated every time someone leaked in it, nobody would have ever completed a length. Plus, what would happen next — would they pour in an anti-piss substance that returned it to normal? Would they drain the pool and refill it with untainted water? (Answer: Highly unlikely).

    Despite being clearly nonsense, it still persists as an idea. “I’ve heard many people suggest that there’s a chemical that will react with urine to turn a certain color,” says environmental engineer Ernest R. “Chip” Blatchley III of Purdue University, who has spent a lot of his career studying the chemistry of swimming pools, and has become the media’s go-to figure when discussing people relieving themselves in the shallow end. “But as far as I can tell, it’s a myth. I’m not aware of any chemical that’s added to pools for this purpose.”

    “I think everyone who works in the pool trade has been asked about it,” agrees Sue Pace of H2O Swimming Pools Ltd. “But unfortunately, it’s a complete myth.”

    It isn’t just limited to word-of-mouth, either – it’s shown up on the big screen, most notably in Adam Sandler’s 2010 film Grown Ups, in which Kevin James’ character Eric “makes a sissy” in the pool at a theme park. (I reached out to the production company, Happy Madison, for some background on what inspired Sandler and co-screenwriter Fred Wolf to include the dye, but didn’t hear back.)

    Swimming pools are obviously filled with urine. As Blatchley previously confirmed to NPR, “I think you can assume that if people are using your pool, they’re peeing in it.” Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympian of all time, once admitted to Ryan Seacrest, “Everybody pees in the pool. It’s kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers. When we’re in the water for two hours, we don’t really get out to pee.” A study at the University of Alberta, in fact, concluded that an Olympic-sized swimming pool was likely to contain about 225 liters of urine.

    Which sounds like, to quote another of Sandler’s films, a shitload of piss. But, in a swimming pool, is it? The urine content of even the most urine-heavy of pools is, percentage-wise, minute. Those 225 liters of aforementioned urine are surrounded by enough water that the actual piss mass is less than one thousandth of one percent of the pool volume, meaning any pee-seeking dye would have its work cut out for it.

    “Most pools are 20,000 gallons (91,000 liters) or more, so to make a few ounces of urine show up as a bright color would take some serious chemistry,” says bzsteele, a former pool supplies store employee, who recalls new pool owners asking about the dye. “There are cheap tests that could detect urine, but things like sweat, detergent and lotions would also be likely to spike them, so you’d be thrown off by all kinds of false positives. And once the reaction had happened, I’m not sure how you would undo it and get the pool back to stable.”
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    I just try not to think about it. Also, they have showers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
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    I just try not to think about it. Also, they have showers.

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    The chlorine will neutralize all sorts of stuff, including pee. Pools are much cleaner than lakes (alligators, fish, birds, and otters pee *and* shit in them a whole lot).
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott View Post
    The chlorine will neutralize all sorts of stuff, including pee. Pools are much cleaner than lakes (alligators, fish, birds, and otters pee *and* shit in them a whole lot).
    I'm trying to reconcile any concern about this with the fact that Ginger said she swam in the estuary at Alameda, CA (formerly home to Naval Air Station Alameda, which shares said estuary with the Port of Oakland).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste Chalfonte View Post
    I'm trying to reconcile any concern about this with the fact that Ginger said she swam in the estuary at Alameda, CA (formerly home to Naval Air Station Alameda, which shares said estuary with the Port of Oakland).
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    Ginger has a lot of faith in better living through chemistry. A lot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbit View Post
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    ************shrug************* Pee isn't going to hurt much of anything in a pool.

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