Not only is this untrue, but the chemical reaction that occurs between your pee and the chlorine creates a chemical that has been linked to asthma and other respiratory issues. Nitrogen trichloride, also known as trichloramine , is made when the urea in your pee reacts with chlorine—the disinfectant widely used in swimming pool water. Nitrogen trichloride is largely made by accident in pools these days, but this compound was originally made for interest in by Pierre Louis DuLong. DuLong made the chemical by bubbling chlorine gas through a solution of ammonium chloride. The chemical exploded without warning and cost him an eye and a finger. An explosion also caused Davy to lose the use of an eye temporarily and Faraday did permanent damage to his fingers. Luckily for professional swimmers, only pure nitrogen trichloride is explosive, and so the fact that it is mixed with water and other substances in a swimming pool should be reassuring.
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Would something that would react that dramatically to a dribble of micturition be safe to swim in? And if it happened, and someone was suddenly surrounded by a cerulean aura of widdly-woo, what would the protocol be for lifeguards, pool staff and fellow swimmers? If a pool had to be evacuated every time someone leaked in it, nobody would have ever completed a length. Plus, what would happen next — would they pour in an anti-piss substance that returned it to normal?