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Rio Waters Could Pose Risk to Olympic Swimmers


As host of 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is facing scrutiny from foreign organizations that are concerned about potentially unsafe water conditions for competitive swimmers.

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According to a recent investigation by the Associated Press, dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria are present in sites that will be used for boating and swimming. The report determined that foreign athletes were at a high risk of becoming ill and not being able to compete after exposure to the waters. On the other hand, experts speculate that Brazil’s athletes might have a competitive advantage thanks to potential immunities they may have developed to local pathogens.

Rio’s water dilemma isn’t new information. For years, the government has promised to clean up local waterways, which are the landing points for residential showers, sinks, and toilets. Unfortunately, a proposed $4 billion investment in sanitation infrastructure isn’t expected to yield results fast enough for the 2016 summer games.

The Brazilian government promises the waters will be clean by the start of the Olympics. That said, officials admit they will not test for viruses, and athletes have already voiced concerns about getting sick while training amid the waters in question.

Can it Happen Here?

According to experts, Rio’s situation speaks mostly to misguided government policies that aren’t likely to be duplicated in the United States. Still, a recent report from the website 24/7 Wall St. showed that a number of major U.S. metropolitan cities have drinking water with chemicals and pollutants that exceed limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Contact a representative at Pelican Water today to ensure you are taking precautions to protect your household.

Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.

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