The majority of American adults (93 percent) say they won’t
use someone else’s bath water, yet 68 percent skip showering
before getting in the pool.
That’s according to a new survey on swimmer hygiene conducted
by the Water Quality & Health Council. Swimmers who
don’t shower risk bringing contaminants into the pool water
that contributes to chloramines and unhealthy
“Swimming is not a substitute for bathing. Too many people
unknowingly treat the pool as a communal bathtub,” said Dr.
Chris Wiant, chair of the Water Quality & Health Council.
“It may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s important to
shower before you jump in the pool to help keep swimming healthy
for everyone ...”
The survey, conducted in April 2012 among 1,000 U.S. adults over
the age of 18, also found that one in five respondents admit to
peeing in the pool. That statistic is similar to the results from a
WQHC survey conducted three years ago.
The WQHC is again making available this year free pool test strips
so swimmers can check pH and chlorine levels using a simple,
color-coded test strip. Free test strips can be requested at
The Water Quality & Health Council (WQHC) is a body of
independent scientific experts, health professionals and consumer
advocates who serve as advisors to the Chlorine Chemistry Division
of the American Chemistry Council, an industry trade association.