A new study shows over half of Americans are not showering before swimming

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Bathing Before Swimming is Less Common Than You May Think

May 16, 2019

As summer approaches we all can seek relief from the heat with a nice cool dip in the pool, but a new study may make you want to rethink that.

According to a report by Water Quality & Health Council, over half of Americans treat the pool as a communal bathtub.

The chances of you swimming in someone else's sweat and dirt is highly likely and not to mention super unsanitary.

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“When dirt, sweat, personal care products, and other things on our bodies react with chlorine, there is less chlorine available to kill germs,” said Dr. Chris Wiant, chair of the Water Quality & Health Council.

He also stressed the importance of cleaning before entering a pool.

“Rinsing off for just 1 minute removes most of the dirt, sweat, or anything else on your body,” he said.

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The study also revealed that "40% of Americans admit they’ve peed in the pool as an adult", "24% of Americans would go in a swimming pool within one hour of having diarrhea, and 48% report they never shower before swimming."

All of those actions negatively affect pool chemistry. In order to combat this, the Water Quality & Health Council is offering free pool test kits as part of its 15th annual Healthy Pools campaign. Pool kits will allow swimmers to test the pH and chlorine levels of any pool they attend.

“Pools are great places to have fun with friends and family,”said Jim Mock, Interim Executive Director of the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance. “A trained pool operator can get the mix of pool chemicals healthy and safe, and swimmers can help keep it right by swimming healthy.”

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