Would You Swim In Power Plant Wastewater?

Tom Scott

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    Normally, the answer would be no. But in these very limited circumstances, at Iceland's Blue Lagoon, you can swim in geothermal power plant wastewater, and it's even healthy: although the marketing material doesn't usually mention it. Here's a story about geothermal energy, cheap heat, and how to keep some ducks warm.
    Research on Blue Lagoon and a skin condition: doi.org/10.1016/S0738-081X(96)00099-5
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    Julkaistu 7 kuukautta sitten


    1. Tom Scott

      One thing I couldn't fit into my script: the pipeline expands by around several metres along its length when it's in use, because of the hot water running through it. The big boxes along the way are expansion joints and supports to allow it to move! As ever, all my sources are in the description.

      1. Wylie Wiggins

        Odd to me the resources and investments in moving the geothermal over those distances while in many cases straight down avoids the the eye soar.

      2. Antoni Orszykowski

        Need to go there at least once.

      3. TRY My Way To Do This

        Say hello for cancer

      4. Valter


      5. Þór Sigurðsson

        One thing you didn't get right Tom, heated cold water is mainly a thing in Reykjanes (Keflavík, Njarðvík, Grindavík, Sandgerði, Hafnir, Garður, Vogar) - not elsewhere in Iceland. Elsewhere, the warm water is actually real geothermal water - including whatever impurities the borehole may pump up. The reason is the borehole water in Reykjanes is mainly superheated underground seawater. Elsewhere the borehole water is heated groundwater. In Reykjanes, the groundwater floats like a bead on top of the seawater.

    2. Help I have no life

      eh why not

    3. Min All

      The good coach thirdly bat because stop preclinically fetch than a organic duck. adventurous, petite poultry

    4. Anon Anon

      Anyone finding it weird that Tom nowadays looks younger than in his 10yr old videos?

    5. internet person

      Yes but only once

    6. Connor Michalec

      Average tom scott video

    7. Pi

      Good god this is the strongest clickbait I've seen this year

    8. prussia

      Hmmm let's find out

    9. Alex

      Look im fine ! swiming in this water, and I am only 15 years old ! no big deal

    10. Nand0

      Who are those people over to the right having a good time and the ones right next to you before you put the recording on yourself? Aren't you going to film yourself swimming for at least a minute? Not even snorkel gopro! Jeesh, no one wants to hear you talk.

    11. 1t2ht


    12. ANobodyatall


    13. Juicy J

      False advertising. Thumbnail showed the dude in the water 👎

    14. Ziggy Last Name

      I live near Rancho Seco, so yes I would. And I have. Many times. (though it’s no longer operating so)

    15. Aggro-H

      Clickbait Thumbs down

    16. paterson022

      There is a coal fire PowerPoint waste water near me that is safe for use and warm all year round, Victoria Australia

    17. Tam Fam

      Tom why are glowing green?

    18. Nashtark 111

      Ironic. You missed the eruption by a few months.

    19. KrakenFN

      are you related to travis scott by any chance?

    20. Ghosty

      This is gonna be on ur recommended

      1. DTP011


    21. Kamron Thumm

      Clicked to see someone swim in wastewater Stayed for a lesson on geothermal power plants

    22. Electro-Cute

      I have bathed there once.

    23. Matan Levi

      למה שאעשה זאת

    24. Wolfdog

      In NZ we put the wast water back down the hole so we can reuse it

    25. Don Don

      I use to surf in Cape Town right next to the nuclear power station because the sea was much warmer.

    26. Skial Headsplicer

      Who else has ever swam in the cooling lake near the nuclear power plant in Tennessee? I've swam in that water, they always said it was safe though.

    27. Anonymous

      Well you're already an infertile Soy Boy so what does it matter, right?

    28. Timothy Farrand

      I've worked on a nuclear ship, in the engine room. We were trained on the radiation levels around us. The water that is used for cooling has a higher rad level than the other waters like drinking and potable. I wouldn't swim in it

    29. Oto

      Plant trees it looks like desert.

    30. Andreas Niederwieser

      Hmm - why not? Even the wastewater of a Nuclear Plant has no direct contact (to radiation)... So if it isn't at boiling point - sure.

    31. Taylor Pogue

      Didn't even get through the pre-roll ad and my answer is yes.

    32. A Fellow Crusader

      yeas! i would like to have a lethal virus or some nanobots crawling around my body! OH of course 3 eyes, WOW and of course i would like to be a rejected member of the society

    33. Northernmight

      This guy looks 20 and 45 at the same time. I'm not sure how

    34. Home Stuff

      Geo thermal waste water is like any waste water the name waste... ring`s a bell ?if it was so good ppl wold drink it

    35. Abcdif


    36. MrTheclevercat

      I like how people have heard so much anti-power propaganda that you have to prepare for their visceral reaction towards water that has ever been used for anything, ever. They don't know how water is recycled.

    37. Yoshen

      Please for the love of God change the thumbnail

    38. War Dog

      Funny isn't it, how the direction of your content is no longer yours in any fashion, neither directionally or content-wise. The slow degradation of unique and original creative content comes simultaneously with an false sense of urgency to appease algorithms and keep the cash flowing. Bend over, your soul is being shared by the world.

    39. maik

      next powerplant swim? tsjernobyl?😉

    40. JC130

      Why doesn’t Nevada have this? Nevada is geologically active and nobody is doing anything about it

    41. RandmTechArchive

      I’ve decided any video that teases something in the thumbnail that doesn’t show in the video gets my dislike unfortunately this is one of those

    42. Wassim Baalouche

      Wow 30€ for some water that takes water bills to a new price

    43. M. E.

      Sees thumbnail: Maybe

    44. inthso

      Would You Touch Ice-nine? Just for the views?

    45. [REDACTED]

      Iceland has almost unlimited and cheap energy... Now if they could export that energy they’d be the next oil and gas rich nations...

      1. Væringjar

        PtX is the answer!

    46. tigers fc

      I would

    47. SHockThePig

      Looks like slurpy swamp

    48. Will Anderson

      no i would not i get ear infections easily

    49. Michael Heider

      How is it waste?

    50. Nigel nigel

      As long as I'm SAFE from RONA, I'm all in

    51. CMW18

      Crazy place yo

    52. Eärendil theBright

      I love that you never ask for subscribers or likes. Your videos are always fascinating, I very much enjoy them. Much respect from Australia!

    53. jim morris

      as a 10 year old me, my sisters and out friends would swim in the lovely warm waters that flowed past Ratcliffe on Soar and Kingston on Soar, a few hundred meters from the Ratcliffe power station, no health problems as yet 40 years on, but I can see through walls and I glow in the dark a bit.

    54. Dlveq Offical


    55. Elodin Istina

      That's really cool.

    56. Riley Carpenter


    57. I Laser

      Not sure if there are any other Victorians here, but the Hazlewood pondage was a popular place for water sports year round.

    58. Soviet Cunt

      Bloody ell mate

    59. Gurrehable

      I can't tell if he's 19 or 53

    60. Nathan

      From what I've heard, spent fuel waste pools for nuclear plants are actually fairly safe to swim in, and will be actually "cleaner" from radiation than the surrounding room.

    61. nikodemanthony

      i would not tom, yourself?

    62. U R Phake And Gey

      In this video, I especially can't tell whether you're 20 or 50.

    63. Pyxis

      Nice clickbait

    64. RedPanda 77

      I used the water to warm up the water

    65. Journals of a third density traveler

      Silica can be taken orally... some can be good for regeneration after 50

    66. subhaay thevar

      Thumbnail looks like dude went in water and his human camouflage came off

    67. Vlad Z

      Too much blabla

    68. SplutteryElm Professional enclave boi


    69. Recon

      I set up a salt-water aquarium and general maintenance cleared up my dermatitis. You don't need the waste-water.

    70. Vik Viktory

      Tbh im Icelandic and i thought that this was done everywhere

    71. Julian Of Åland

      “If I don’t jump in the radioactive waste how will I ever get super powers”

    72. Satoshi Kon's lost son

      tfw you are swimming in the icelandic power plant wastewater and the sky starts raining time

    73. rigdigwus

      you managed to look like 80 in your mid 30s

    74. William Diaz

      Yes, if it's geothermal power plant. Unless that water becomes acidic and melts my skin off.

    75. Steve White

      That water looks so refreshing for some reason

    76. Sir Puffball

      Blue Lagoon... Blue... Lagoon.... No way

    77. Astroblaze the Reality Traverser

      dang, Iceland really is just a taste of heaven isn't it

    78. oracle


    79. Major_Dodo

      I've actually been here, would certainly recommend

    80. Duck God

      3:22 Thanks

    81. sreekutty sree

      The moldy william aditionally open because tile jointly enter across a mixed flower. spiffy, grumpy bulb

    82. Itz Fireyyy


    83. Oliver Longley

      Was meant to go to Iceland on a trip and visit the Blue Lagoon. Cancelled due to Covid :|

    84. B Nagy

      Only in Fukushima’s

    85. 易天俊

      1:06 there is a typo PERICOLO not PEROCOLO. But why they put Italian on it?

    86. Ariisake

      I'll either be Heisenberg, or an X-Men, either way is a win

    87. Comrade Catbug

      Everyone gangsta until Blue Lagoon starts turning people into autotargeting zombies

    88. hoes mad

      this guy talking soothes my anxiety.

    89. Pivinne

      I went there on a school trip, it even has a swim up bar though it’s super expensive

    90. Nick MaGrick

      took me the whole video to realize it was clickbait, well played

    91. SirIncompetent

      I swam there once and after watching this video I was able to count at least 7 inaccuracies on one hand.

      1. It is good day to be not dead.

        Point them out so

    92. Andrew Yang

      That thumbnail is straight out of a Japanese horror movie

    93. 「MrWhoWasIt」

      easy, no.

    94. xkvm

      hes so posh lmao

      1. It is good day to be not dead.


    95. MassaMeows

      Its actuallt good for your skin im from iceland

    96. Interwesting Stuff Interwesting


    97. A cat on his hind legs.

      God be like. HEY YOU SEE THAT LARGE GREEN ISLAND Yea let’s call it Iceland. HEY YOU SEE THE SMALL ICY ISLAND RIGHT BESIDE IT Yea let’s call it Greenland. Logical right?

    98. PoggerZ

      no i dont think i would do that

    99. Crabbycrab

      I'd swim in nuclear power plant wastewater. I would just really like more nuclear, before humanity destroy the planet :(

    100. Chris312

      iceland is when i think happens to your towns when you have too much of a resource in catan lmao