A survey conducted by the Water Quality and Health Council in the U.S. revealed that 47% of Americans engage in unhygienic pool behaviours, with almost 20% admitting that they urinate while swimming and 78% believing their fellow swimmers are doing so. The online survey collected data from 1000 U.S. adults between April 30 and May 3, 2009.
Despite media reports warning against a possible “pandemic,” only a third of swimmers have the cleanliness of the water in mind when entering a pool. In a report posted at LiveScience.com, staff at the Centers for Disease Control noted that chlorine levels protect against germs, but swimmers’ behaviour “makes it harder for chlorine to do its job.” Other findings of the survey:
- 35% of respondents don’t shower before swimming
- 73% say their fellow swimmers pass the showers by
- 63% were unaware of the possible health risks of breathing, swallowing, or coming into contact with contaminated pool water