Don't swim in the yellow water.
Unfortunately, you might not have much of a choice, according to a recent (and kind of gross) study.
One in five Americans pees in the public pool, according to the survey conducted by the Water Quality & Health Council.
Apparently, just getting out of the water and going to the bathroom is too much of a hassle for almost 20 percent of Americans using public pools -- and those are just the ones who admit it. Most everyone surveyed thinks their fellow swimmers are guilty of using the public pool as a potty place.
The same survey found that roughly a third of all Americans pass by the shower before taking a dip.
A less specific (but arguably grosser) finding shows almost half of all Americans (47%) admit to one or more behaviors that contribute to an unhealthy pool. There's no breakdown of what exactly the unsafe behaviors are ... one can only guess.
- Don't swim when you have diarrhea
- Don't swallow pool water
- Clean up kids wearing diapers -- especially their rears -- and change the diaper often
So, as you head to the public pool this summer to relieve yourself of the sweltering heat, just remember -- someone near you is probably relieving themselves in a much different, but oh too common way.