Practices At The Olympics Diving Pool Have Now Been Canceled Because Of The Green Water

“Hopefully that means we haven’t been diving in anything too bad the last couple of days!”

A few days ago, the world got a tad concerned when the pool at the Olympic Diving Center in Rio began turning green.

A few days ago, the world got a tad concerned when the pool at the Olympic Diving Center in Rio began turning green.

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The difference between the water at the diving pool and the water at other pools was…striking.

The difference between the water at the diving pool and the water at other pools was...striking.

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After days of speculation that the color could be the result of an algae bloom or pollution, an Olympics spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that it was due to a “decrease in alkalinity.”

After days of speculation that the color could be the result of an algae bloom or pollution, an Olympics spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that it was due to a "decrease in alkalinity."

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The spokesperson added that this decrease in alkalinity was caused by increased use of the pool, aka Olympians swimming in it.

Another pool was also affected, but both were expected to return to normal shortly.


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