In a press release yesterday, the National Swimming Pool Foundation responded to a recent report from the University of Alberta, Edmonton about the urine content of public pools.

From AB: Study: There Is a ‘P’ in Pool (75 Liters of It)

The study showed that public pools regularly contain a high volume of urine, and warned that it can react with disinfectants to form byproducts that irritate the eyes and respiratory system.

However, the NSPF urges people of all ages not to allow such statistics to deter them from enjoying the health benefits of engaging in aquatic activity, siting such effects as reduced lower back pain, blood pressure and arthritis symptoms, as well as improved mental health.

Instead, the NSPF encourages a regime of best hygiene practices which facility managers can enforce to minimize in-water urination, such as regular swim breaks and showering prior to entering the pool.

Below is an infographic produced by the NSPF to inform facility managers and patrons about the best practices for keeping the pool clear of contaminates: 


Courtney Cameron is Editorial Assistant of Athletic Business.