The truth about peeing in public pools

                               Juan Garcia of the Long Beach Environmental Health Department takes a sample of water to test for residual chlorine at Belmont Pool in Long Beach June 7, 2018. (Photo by Sharon McNary/KPCC)
Juan Garcia of the Long Beach Environmental Health Department takes a sample of water to test for residual chlorine at Belmont Pool in Long Beach June 7, 2018. (Photo by Sharon McNary/KPCC)
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The time may have passed when certain bodily functions were off limits in polite conversation. After all, social media's "poop" emoji got a prominent role in a recent kids' film. 

So maybe it's time for an honest conversation about the quality of water – in your local public swimming pool. Fair warning: It's a report that may gross out some listeners. 

Read more on LAist.com: Everything You NEVER Wanted To Know About Pee In The Public Pool

This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a new multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal.