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Yes, I do pee in the ocean and in lakes but never a pool or a hot tub, anywhere. Perhaps I have been naive but I "assumed" most people would be more considerate in pools esp. with ongoing concerns with infections and diseases.
Urine is mostly water with a small amount of urea, creatinine, sodium and chloride. There is more bacteria in a person's saliva than in their urine. On every person's skin is a strain of staphylococcus, or "staph". We carry more microorganisms on our body than inside it. This is why pools are chlorinated and the pH level is checked religiously, to make sure all precautions are taken to limit/stop the growth of harmful microorganisms.
And that "dye" to turn pool water purple or some other color in the presence of urine is an old urband legend. No dye like that exists, nor could it exist.
You would need distilled or at least tap water to use in a test like that, something with a pH balance of 7. Due to the chlorine and other chemicals in poolwater, any sort of test would be degraded because of the chemicals. This is just an old wives' tale that parents tell their children before they hop in a public pool.