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Officials Will Drain Green Water in Rio Olympics Diving Pool

Officials Will Drain Green Water in Rio Olympics Diving Pool

Officials have announced they are going to drain the murky green water from one of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics pools at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center.

The water turned green five days ago, and officials decided to give up on cleaning and go with the draining process instead.

Following the draining, they will transfer about 1 million gallons of clean water from another practice pool into it before the start of synchronized swimming, as the athletes will be underwater for long periods of time during this event.

The whole process will take approximately 10 hours and should be completed by 7 a.m. on Sunday.

A smaller pool nearby that remains murky will still be used for the diving competition, as a spokesman for the event said the green water poses no health risks for the athletes.

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Posted to: 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

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  • CoCo Turtle

    I own a large pool. When it starts to go green because of algae, I hit it with a big dose of chlorine. The results are almost immediate. They should have drained and refilled the pool 4 days ago. Since they don’t know what is wrong, there is no way I would dive into the other “less green” pool. What a fiasco!

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  • 55vineyard

    Sure hope the IOC learns a lesson from this fiasco, next time don’t award this event to another third world country.

  • Dee

    is it algae? i heard it went green overnight.

  • Sprite

    You can’t knock the Italian blue pool tiles, sure beats the reflection of the white tiles over the years at a local pool.