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The truth about clean swimming pools

August 12, 2016

There’s been a lot of complaints about the Olympic pools turning green and dirty in Rio. People seem worried that the swimmers’ health may be at risk and so on.

Well, here’s what I learned last month when my family rented a summer house with a pool. Pools that look clean are not clean. They would be better described as, “so toxic that algae cannot live in it.”

I know what I’m talking about. One weekend my band visiting the house, and the pool guy had been missing for 2 weeks straight. This is what my pool looks like:


Album cover, obviously.

Then we added an enormous vat of chemicals, specifically liquid chlorine, and about 24 hours later this is what happened:


It wasn’t easy to recreate this. I had to throw the shark’s tail at Jamie like 5 times because it kept floating away. Also, back of the album, obviously.

Now you might notice that it’s not green anymore, but it’s also not clear. To get to clear, blue water, you need to add yet another tub of some other chemical.

Long story short: don’t be deceived by “clean” pool water. There’s nothing clean about it.

Update: I’m not saying “chemicals are bad,” and please don’t compare me to the – ugh – Food Babe! I’m just saying “clean water” isn’t an appropriate description. It’s not as if it’s pure water, and we pour tons of stuff in to get it to look like that. So yes, algae and germs can be harmful! And yes, chlorine in moderate amounts is not bad for you!

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  1. August 12, 2016 at 8:54 am

    This is the (very) rare occasion that I disagree. The chlorine helps to disinfect bacteria that could transfer from one person to another and, therefore, helps reduce the transmission of disease. I would agree that it’s not natural, but neither are vaccines — both have helped stop the transmission of diseases.

    Having algae in the pool is not, in itself, dangerous; but, it does suggest that microbes can grow in the pool that can lead people to get sick.


    • August 12, 2016 at 10:03 am

      There is a greater chance of pathogenic bacterial transmission from normal daily contact one has with family members.


    • Guest2
      August 12, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      What about the destruction of the ozone that chlorination causes?

      According to wiki, A single chlorine atom would keep on destroying ozone for up to two years … On average, a single chlorine atom is able to react with 100,000 ozone molecules before it is removed from the catalytic cycle.


  2. August 12, 2016 at 10:02 am

    The more I learn about conventional pools, the more I intend to build a natural pool should I install one.


  3. Catalina Bertani
    August 12, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I sort of agree in that I love my pool full of tadpoles, salamanders, and frogs. I basically have the luxury of swimming in fresh spring water and, as amphibians are very sensitive to toxins, it is, in some ways an indication of really, really “clean” water. But chlorine is a necessary evil. I wouldn’t want to swim in non-running water with 500 other people and all of their attendant E Coli and whatnot without chlorine!


  4. August 12, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Salt water is an alternative … softer way to chlorinate / disinfect pools. Might destroy less ozone too.


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