Washington DC Bans Water Bottles at Public Pools, Inspector Classified Them As Food


Recently, SwimSpray COO Peter Wong has taken the lead to “Reverse the Ban on Water Bottles at Public Swimming Pools in DC.”

Team SwimSpray trains at the Wilson Aquatic Center in Washington, DC.  Recently, the city banned water bottles anywhere on the pool deck because the health inspector classified them as “food.”

Peter filed a petition asking the city to reverse the ban on water bottles, allowing swimmers to hydrate during their workouts, as they did before the ban.  The petition is posted on change.org, which allows supporters to join the petition on-line.

Peter explains why he was motivated to act:

“I really hope that we can resolve this fast before the idea to ban water spreads to other pools.  Because, if that happens, I fear what it will take to change the policy.”

About SwimSpray

SwimSpray was invented by Dr. Andrew Chadeayne, a former Princeton University swimmer and chemistry Ph.D. from Cornell University. Tired of smelling like chlorine after his swimming workouts, Andrew set out remove chlorine from hair and skin ( SwimSpray works where so many other chlorine removal products (e.g., swimmers’ shampoos) have failed previously because SwimSpray’s all-natural vitamin C based formula breaks this bond, neutralizing the chlorine, and allowing it to be washed away with your favorite soap or shampoo. Follow him on Twitter @swimspray and fan him Facebook.


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7 years ago

swam there this morning with a gatorade bottle, swim there 3 times a week and have never heard this new rule change

Reply to  DCguy
7 years ago

Swam there this evening, and there are certainly numerous signs posted by the entrance, front desk, and locker rooms to this effect. This “rule” has been in effect for approximately 2 weeks now. The lifeguards will go on periodic crackdowns and confiscate all the water bottles on deck. Granted, some people have been able to sneak water bottles in successfully; some have also been harshly reprimanded for this. Regardless, the point is, water bottles should not be banned from the pool deck.

7 years ago

According to Peter Wong (who filed the petition), “NBC claims that DPR has backed down on the ban as of noon today – but there is some conflicting information. An e-mail that come out later in the afternoon said that you could only consume water in the locker room. And when Team SwimSpray swam tonight, the ban was still in effect.”

DCGUY – It sounds like you’ve been fortunate– I wonder if there is some sort of selective enforcement depending on what time that you swim.

7 years ago

Oh, for the love of … Clearly, this inspector has never done a hard swim in his/her life. I drink more water while swimming than while on my bike. In any event, this makes me glad I do my swimming on the other side of the Potomac.

Reply to  Evilwatersprite
7 years ago

This is what happens when Democrats are elected. They want to control our lives.

Reply to  anonymous
7 years ago

That is the correct answer.

Reply to  anonymous
7 years ago

kind of a baseless claim there. more like, this is what happens when overzealous bureaucrats remain in office too long

Reply to  anonymous
7 years ago

Yeah, unless you have ladyparts, then its Repubs you have to watch out for. Silly Anonymous, stay on the sidelines.

Reply to  sillylolz
7 years ago

Ok, now everyone’s taken their political jabs…let’s talk about swimming again. Thanks.

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