ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – A new study has found that urinating in pool water creates dangerous chemicals that can affect the lungs and heart.

Researchers found that tricholoramine and cyanogen chloride are two chemicals formed from urinating in chlorinated water that are associated with lung problems and can affect the heart along with the nervous system.

Cyanogen chloride can affect organs through inhalation and according to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, it has a military designation of CK and is considered a chemical warfare agent.

The research team chlorinated uric acid to look at the byproducts. They observed around 33 micrograms per liter at 8 milligrams per liter of chlorine as the highest concentration of the chemical. That concentration is much higher than what is used in the average pool.

Study author, Jing Li, Ernest Blatchley, III, noted that there is no imminent threat of poisoning yourself with your own urine in the pool, but stated that people should use the restroom where they are supposed to and not in the water.

The study was published in the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science and Technology journal.


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