Half of Americans Have Used Swimming Pools as an Alternative to Showering, Study Finds

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Survey finds that half of Americans use swimming pools as a communal bathtub.

After last week’s debate over washing legs in the shower lit up social media, a new survey is revealing that we’re likely as united as we may have presumed when it comes to pool etiquette.

The survey, prepared by the Water Quality and Health Council, reports that 51% of the participants in the American study, admit to using the swimming pool in place of showering after exercising or doing yard work.

So basically, people are acknowledging that instead of taking a shower or even rinsing off after working up a sweat, they opt for a dip in the swimming pool instead.

And get this, the study also points out that even though over two-thirds of Americans know that chemicals in pools don’t take away the need to bathe correctly, people still do it anyway.


Dr. Chris Wiant, chair of the Water Quality & Health Council, had this to say about the study:

“When dirt, sweat, personal care products, and other things on our bodies react with chlorine, there is less chlorine available to kill germs. Rinsing off for just 1 minute removes most of the dirt, sweat, or anything else on your body.”

Dr. Chris Wiant / Water Quality & Health Council

The 2019 Healthy Pools Survey was conducted online by Sachs Media Group, and its purpose was to gauge people’s perceptions and habits concerning swimming pools and public health.

The survey was composed of 3,100 interviews of American adults on April 12-13, 2019. The group of survey participants is alleged to be “representative of American adults in terms of age, race, gender, income, and region,” according to the Water Quality & Health Council.

The study also found that a good portion of Americans (40%), admit to urinating in swimming pools as adults, and 24% of Americans would go in a swimming pool within an hour of having diarrhea.


I don’t know about you, but it might be a while before I hop in anyone’s pool that isn’t my own. I don’t want to really chance swimming in someone else’s bath water.

If you’d like to read the full report and learn how to get a free pool testing kit of your own click here.

h/t CBS News