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In between dealing with all things technological in the Dabbler engine room, Worm writes the weekly Wikiworm column every Saturday and our monthly Book Club newsletters.

6 thoughts on “Urine-detecting swimming pool dye

    September 19, 2015 at 21:20

    Check out the link to CBC News, 25 June 2015, at the bottom of the Wikipedia entry, and enjoy your next visit to a pool. Now I know why I’ve always preferred swimming in the ocean. Sharks? I’ll take my chances.

      September 21, 2015 at 14:28

      !!! eurgh – although I beg to differ with her assessment as we once had a pool at home and on the days it smelled more strongly of chlorine, it was because I put too much chlorine powder in, rather than the rest of the family all reliving themselves in it (I hope)

    September 22, 2015 at 13:26

    Unfortunate indeed are the modern pool plungers, chlorinated, aluminium oxidised, piddle-soaked, deafened by hollering sprogs and that doesn’t include what the water companies have mangled back at the treatment works. So foul is the water in Warwick that junior, temporarily back in blighty, saddles up with gallons of malty towers own brand when visiting. Cast, if you will, envious glances at the average mountaineer, pristine ice and snow require no dye, the urination is glaring obvious, particularly when one of the roped party above, usually Austrian in my experience, decides they can no longer hold on.

    • Worm
      September 22, 2015 at 13:40

      ooer malty, I’m in Warwick and hadn’t noticed the water being that bad…? Are my tastebuds broken?

      (actually, come to think of it, I did grow up near Camelford…)

        September 22, 2015 at 14:27

        Depends what you are used to Worm, our water comes directly from springs in the Eildons, weekending in Warwick we think the water undrinkable.

        PS, more than offset by the excellent city centre Indian Restaurants, especially Warwick Spice, vindaloo with accompanying sitar player.

    David Tilley
    September 23, 2015 at 14:19

    It has long been a known fact that swimming pools are commonly contaminated with urine and often faecal matter. This is despite the presence of bactericides and sterilising agents such as chlorine. In Jacuzzis this is more so due to the aeration and elevated temperature. Better to swim in the sea or freshwater lakes and pools.

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