Trouble in Olympic Waters

There are approximately 226 days left before the 2016 Olympics are set to kick off in Rio De Janeiro, but there is a big problem still facing the Olympic committee.  The problem we’re discussing directly involves the health and safety of the World-Class athletes set to take the stage in the Olympic games beginning in August of 2016.

Lets first rewind to August of 2015 when 13 of the 40-member United States rowing team came down with a severe stomach virus that team doctors suspected was a result of pollution in the lake that the regatta was held.

On July 30, The Associated Press published an independent analysis of water quality that showed:

“high levels of viruses and, in some cases, bacteria from human sewage in all of Rio’s Olympic and Paralympic water venues, including the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, where the rowing competition took place.”

About 1,400 0f the 10,500 Olympians will participate in some competition that brings them into contact with a natural water supply and this is causing a great deal of angst amongst Olympic officials and independent stakeholders alike.

It is estimated that over 400 tons of garbage & raw sewage, from the cities more than 8 million inhabitants, flows into the bay each day.  Sewage which has made stretches of water throughout the tropical paradise almost toxic to those who come into contact with it.

In fact, a test of a local lake surrounding Rio De Janeiro found more than 1.7 MILLION times the level of pollution allowed at a beach in Southern California.

Rio officials have pledged to reduce pollution by 80% in the bay, but that promise has yet to be met, and time is currently not on the Brazilian side.

We will continue to update you on the developments of all things Rio 2016 as Product of Society plans to be on hand to witness and report on the 2016 games live from Rio De Janeiro.