Study: Half of Americans use swimming pools as communal bath tub

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Summer is nearly here, but before you go jumping in the public pool, you might want to think twice!

A new study says 51% of all Americans use the swimming pool to get rid of sweat or dirt instead of just taking a shower.

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The sweat and other things on our bodies react with the chlorine, meaning there’s less of that chemical available to kill germs.

Additionally, 40% of Americans admit they’ve peed in the pool as an adult.

The survey revealed that 24% of Americans would go in a swimming pool within one hour of having diarrhea, and 48% report they never shower before swimming. Also, most Americans don’t know that pool chemistry can be impacted by such personal care items as makeup (53%) and deodorant (55%).

The full study was done by the Water Quality and Health Council.