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Are people peeing in swimming pools?

MORE than 16 percent of public swimming pools in the city have excess levels of urea, which is excreted in urine and sweat, officials from the Shanghai Health Supervision Agency said yesterday.

The officials added that the excess urea may be caused by overcrowding and long-term use of the water.

"According to current laws, there is no penalty for excessive urea in swimming pools," said Zhong Yue, an official from the Huangpu District Health Supervision Agency. "The authorities usually give notice and suggest pool owners change the water more frequently."

The city has 498 public pools, including those in hotels, schools and gyms. The checks were done last month. They found that only 344 pools met all requirements on hygiene, staff qualifications and facilities. More than 25 percent of pools failed checks on at least one item.


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