Human urinary input into swimming pools a public health concern
A new study has found that swimming pools contain a vast amount of urine, which puts users at risk of certain illness. Swimming pools can contain more than 16 gallons of urine where an average swimmer passes 70 millilitres.
Human urinary input into swimming pools is a public health concern, although urine itself is sterile. It contains many nitrogenous compounds such as urea, ammonia and amino acids which react with disinfectants in swimming pools to form disinfection by-products.
Exposure to disinfection by-products in swimming facilities can lead to eye irritation and respiratory problems, such as occupational asthma while extended exposure has also been linked to bladder cancer. Swimming pools that are not disinfected highly expose people to other serious infections like Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and bacterial throat infections.
Speaking to Crooze FM Dr. Justus Ampire of St. Augustine Medical Center in Mbarara expounds on the dangers of urine in swimming pools.