With summer just around the corner, a new survey revealed that just over half of Americans knowingly contribute to swimming pools becoming dirtier.
The survey, conducted by Sachs Media Group, found that specifically 51 percent of people reported using public swimming pools as communal bathtubs. The people who participated in the survey reported they used the pools as a substitute for showering, as well as cleaning off after working out.
“When dirt, sweat, personal care products, and other things on our bodies react with chlorine, there is less chlorine available to kill germs,” said Dr. Chris Wiant, chair of the Water Quality & Health Council, in a press release. “Rinsing off for just 1 minute removes most of the dirt, sweat, or anything else on your body.”