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Peeing in Pools
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Published: 3.25.2017
Level: 5  |  Time: 3:08
Accent: Canadian
Source: Quirks & Quarks (3.04.2017)

A recent study about the amount of pee (urine) in public pools and the associated health risks.

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  2. LISTEN to the audio.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
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triangle Vocabulary


  • aerobic [adj] - exercise requiring oxygen
  • laps [n] - swimming the length of a pool one time
  • urine [n] - liquid human waste (pee)
  • artificial sweetener [n] - a manmade sugar substitute
  • recreational waters [n] - pools, hot tubs
  • human waste [n] - human urine (pee) and feces (shit)
  • one part per trillion [exp] - 1 in 1,000,000,000,000
  • taboo [adj] - an uncomfortable of forbidden subject
  • concentration [n] - percentage of volume
  • diluted [adj] - made thinner or weaker by adding water
  • quantify [v] - measure
  • implications [n] - effects
  • sterile [adj] - clean / no bacteria
  • inherent [adj] - existing in something
  • compound [n] - made of several elements
  • disinfection [n] - remove bacteria
  • chlorine [n] - a chemical used to clean pools
  • byproducts [n] - secondary product
  • volatile [adj] - a substance that changes quickly (dangerously)
  • irritation [n] - pain / discomfort
  • asthma [n] - a lung condition making breathing difficult
  • bottom line [n] - conclusion
  • reiterate [v] - restate / say again
  • outweigh [v] - be more important than

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


triangle Questions


  1. What type of exercise is swimming?
    aerobic
    anaerobic
    unhealthy

  2. How many people admit to peeing in public pools?
    about 1 in 5
    about 20
    about 5%

  3. How did they measure amount of urine in water?
    They compared the concentration to rivers and lakes.
    They measure the concentration of artificial sweeteners in pools.
    They measured the amount of human waste in pools.

  4. How many liters of urine were in the larger pool?
    30 liters
    75 liters
    840 000 liters

  5. How does she describe the amount of urine in pools?
    quite dangerous
    very high
    quite low

  6. Hot tubs had a ______ concentration of urine than/to pools.
    higher
    similar
    lower

  7. Lindsay describes urine (by itself) as ______.
    a big concern
    a little risky
    sterile

  8. Urine can react with ______ to form a disinfection byproducts.
    chlorine
    compound
    trichloramine

  9. Trichloramine in pools ____ the cause of eye irritation.
    is
    may be
    isn't

  10. Long-term exposure to trichloramine is linked to ____.
    eye irritation
    a type of asthma
    cancer

  11. She advises people ____.
    to keep swimming to stay healthy
    to avoid public pools
    to wear eye protection is pools.

  12. She states occasional swimming in public pools _____ lead to health problems.
    will
    might
    will not