We’re not gonna lie, the green pools in Rio are totally freaking us out. In an Olympic stadium you expect stunning pools filled with sapphire blue water, but this year they’re looking more emerald and it’s kinda gross. So is it dangerous? Here’s the scoop.
There have been tons of issues with the Rio Olympics, but the oddest so far is the Olympic diving pools turning bright green. Like, very green. It looks more like the athletes are diving into a grassy field than a crystalline pool of water. It certainly got both spectators and Olympians concerned, and desperate to know why it was happening. Thankfully, we now have an answer.
“The reason for the unusual water color observed during the Rio 2016 diving competitions is that the water tanks ran out some of the chemicals used in the water treatment process,” the International Federation of Swimming explained on Aug. 10. “As a result the pH level of the water was outside the usual range, causing the discoloration. The FINA Sport Medicine Committee conducted tests on the water quality and concluded that there was no risk to the health and safety of the athletes, and no reason for the competition to be affected.”
Though they say it’s harmless, an expert from the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG), named Ralph Riley, said that “if it has gone green and that is because there is not enough disinfectant there would be some kind of implied risk.” He also insisted that swimmers shouldn’t be going in the green water. Oh well, the show much go on!
Dr. Stephanie Henson explained that algae are what’s causing the actual color, explaining that the ” balance of chemicals in the pool ” not being quite right could “trigger the bloom” of algae, turning the pool green.
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