No, it’s not the Loch Ness Monster.
If you’ve been keeping up with the Rio Olympics, you might have noticed something a little bit weird about the diving pool. Mainly that it’s, well, green.
Officials claim that it’s probably just algae, but several experts say that algae couldn’t have bloomed so prolifically overnight simply because of the high temperatures. Algae blooms happen, but not without other factors influencing them, like lack of circulation and errors in chemical use in the pool.
Swimming pools are supposed to be a shade of light blue when properly maintained. Any color other than clear blue can indicate an issue in the chemical treatment process. So far, we’ve heard multiple explanations of what’s going on, ranging from the classic algae bloom explanation, to a change in pH (how acidic or basic the pool water is), to hosts running out of the proper chemicals.
Regardless of the explanation, this is something that could have been prevented, and of course, the internet is having a field day with it.
Yeah, it’s been that kind of week for Brazil. And on top of that, the second pool is now showing signs of the same issue. One can only hope they figure it out before the green pool becomes the internet’s second favorite Olympic meme. Godspeed, Brazil.