While now might seem like the perfect time to go take a dip in a Shanghai swimming pool, you should at least know what you’re getting yourself into first.
City sanitation officials announced on Wednesday that 12 swimming pools in the city had been forced to suspend business after they were found to contain excessive amounts of chlorine, bacteria or urea.
While that might give you pause, it appears that Shanghai pools didn’t fare all that poorly on the yearly urine test. Last month, health authorities inspected 286 pools in the city and found that a mere 31 of them had problems with unclean water. While 12 of these were ordered to temporarily shut down, the other 19 were merely ordered to rectify the problems.
That’s not too bad when you consider that in 2015 half of public pools in Beijing were found to contain excessive pee levels. It’s also down significantly from 2010 when local health officials found that 20% of Shanghai’s pools contained too much piss.
Anyway, when these pools reopen, we just that their owners will be the first ones to take the plunge.
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