Would You Swim In Power Plant Wastewater?

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    Tom ScottTom Scott

    Dauer: 05:16

    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.
    Sources:
    www.c40.org/case_studies/the-worlds-largest-geothermal-heating-system-saves-up-to-4m-tons-co2-annually
    www.verkis.com/projects/utilities/water-supply-systems/nr/982
    nea.is/geothermal/direct-utilization/heat-pumps/
    icelandmag.is/article/nine-fascinating-facts-about-geothermal-energy-and-reykjavik
    askjaenergy.com/iceland-renewable-energy-sources/geothermal-different-utilization/
    nautholsvik.is/en/
    perlan.is/about-perlan/
    www.epa.gov/coalash/coal-ash-basics
    Research on Blue Lagoon and a skin condition: doi.org/10.1016/S0738-081X(96)00099-5
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Tom Scott
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.

Vor Monat
Dark Madder
Dark Madder

The Canadian Government commissioned a survey of the nations prospects for geothermal energy production. The assessment found that Canada has enough geothermal resources IN GROUND ( as opposed to that needing drilling to access, which has it's own environmental consequences) - to provide ONE MILLION TIMES the nation's energy requirements. This study's release was delayed for nearly a decade, but after it's release the Canadian government nevertheless moved into intensive Tar-Sands extraction despite this bountiful clean resource.

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Zwodo
Zwodo

Out of genuine curiousity: would it have been bad to add those extra 15-20 seconds to the video?

Vor 2 Tage
Dream Queen
Dream Queen

aight kewl

Vor 3 Tage
I Dont Get Any Jokes
I Dont Get Any Jokes

How TF is this a month ago?

Vor 5 Tage
Kliolile
Kliolile

I swam in the Blue Lagoon (hella expensive) and then I realize now that it wasn't a natural geothermal pool? One of the signs I read inside the lagoon said it was 1 of the 7 wonders (I've been to 2 not including this) and so I immediately thought this was connected to all the other geothermal pools in Iceland hence it's named the land of Fire and Ice or something along those lines. THEN YOU COME UP HERE AND SAY I WAS SWIMMING INSIDE WATER FROM A POWER PLANT???

Vor 5 Tage
Juan D'Marco
Juan D'Marco

Wow

Vor 11 Stunden
Northern Assassin
Northern Assassin

Haven't watched a second of the video and I work at a nuclear power plant. My guess is that it's not overtly dangerous but I'd still say it's not the best idea.

Vor 17 Stunden
soinu foig
soinu foig

björk will be proud

Vor 10 Minuten
Oh Man
Oh Man

Swim in blue lagoon? I'm drinking that down spoons twice a week mate

Vor 20 Stunden
Your Dad
Your Dad

Honestly I'm more impressed by what a genius business tactic it is to turn your waste water into a spa

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soinu foig
soinu foig

short ansawer: the powerplant is GeoThermal and not Nuclear like the title might make you think.

Vor 10 Minuten
abbsnn cose
abbsnn cose

Me: that water looks so cool. Ima take a dip 5 mins later Me: hey smooth skin

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Subscribe or you'll have bad luck
Subscribe or you'll have bad luck

"One person who likes this comment will become a billionaire"

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Kiprop
Kiprop

Hii ni kama ile ya Olkaria?

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abbsnn cose
abbsnn cose

Only if it's nuclear power plant waste water.

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Mattress Crusherz
Mattress Crusherz

Thumbnail face = baby

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PixelStacker
PixelStacker

Of course! I privation 3 eyes like the simpsons fish. aye

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ObiWahnKnobi
ObiWahnKnobi

I've been in the Blue Lagoon and I can attest: It's nice and relaxing and the look is quite unique. As for the marketing the story I heard was that the workers of the powerplant went swimming in the water and found it to be really nice...and then some smart people decided to market it as a spa. And yes: The earth would most likely run out of heat eventually...but it will probably be swallowed by the sun before that.

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Alan Driver
Alan Driver

The waste water from a coal power station is not the water that was used to produce steam to spin the turbines. That water is very very clean and largely remains in a sealed system. The water at the bottom of the cooling tower was used to cool the sealed system, but doesn't come in contact directly. Generally the water is taken from a nearby river and when it's put back after use it's a lot cleaner than when it was taken out (and obviously thus gas to comply with strict regulations). It's been known for the warm water to serve other purposes before returning to the river, for example used for an eel farm! Another enjoyable video and I was happy to hear you on the no such thing as a fish podcast last week

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bilishu aliss
bilishu aliss

"The earth isn't going to run out of heat" Laughs in the heat death of the universe

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D Loui
D Loui

that's not wise ..............

Vor 2 Tage
TheDaringPastry1313
TheDaringPastry1313

Hmmm I always wanted to go to the Blue Lagoon since I live in the US, but I didn't realize it was powerplant waste water. hah

Vor 2 Tage
bilishu aliss
bilishu aliss

thats some blue-ass water

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Vares65
Vares65

Ok, when a guy from the UK says a place is "a bit wet" that needs to be taken seriously.

Vor 2 Tage
alida flus
alida flus

More like: Tom Scott Convinces You to Travel During Coronavirus

Vor 2 Tage
Noah Shackelford
Noah Shackelford

How'd you almost have 1k subscribers without any videos?

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Uli Uchu
Uli Uchu

it does smell quite sulfury, though....

Vor 2 Tage
ab ab
ab ab

short ansawer: the powerplant is GeoThermal and not Nuclear like the title might make you think.

Vor 3 Tage
alida flus
alida flus

You look like mark zuckerburg in the thumbnail

Vor 2 Tage
Nacho Dominguez
Nacho Dominguez

björk will be proud

Vor 3 Tage
eg1885
eg1885

How often must Tom get asked for help or advice. Like doctors who get asked about what to take for pain or mechanics who get asked about car problems. Tom must be driven crazy by everyone's constant questions for help.

Vor 3 Tage
Atash Gallagher
Atash Gallagher

Tom: The earth won't cool. Krypton: am I a joke to you.

Vor 3 Tage
IndustrialDonut
IndustrialDonut

Only if it's nuclear power plant waste water.

Vor 3 Tage
MailC3p
MailC3p

i went to iceland during april of 2019 and right before we left we visited the blue lagoon and it was just so amazing, if i could i would definitely go again.

Vor 3 Tage
Tianruo Yang
Tianruo Yang

Me: Sees title Also me: No

Vor 4 Tage
Soupface
Soupface

Silica? My plants would like that water

Vor 4 Tage
!?
!?

How old are you?

Vor 4 Tage
soinu foig
soinu foig

More like: Tom Scott Convinces You to Travel During Coronavirus

Vor 4 Tage
Amos Walker
Amos Walker

Big talk for a Brit to call Iceland "a bit wet"

Vor 4 Tage
Boosh
Boosh

thats some blue-ass water

Vor 4 Tage
soinu foig
soinu foig

take 300 years to recover its temperature.

Vor 4 Tage
M.inglis .81
M.inglis .81

Water shill.

Vor 4 Tage
Tore Lund
Tore Lund

Are we ever going to get an update on how to remove your fingerprints with pineapple?

Vor 4 Tage
Marc
Marc

Is this a re-upload or am I able to watch the future ?

Vor 4 Tage
Creeper_877
Creeper_877

You look like mark zuckerburg in the thumbnail

Vor 4 Tage
Max The Yukoner
Max The Yukoner

ever since this day, Tom Scott has been spotted with a third eye

Vor 4 Tage
fridge
fridge

Infinite shield

Vor 4 Tage
Alejandra Jorge
Alejandra Jorge

Amazing

Vor 4 Tage
jake rougier
jake rougier

Is this travis scott's brother

Vor 4 Tage
Tom Holmes
Tom Holmes

is Tom Scott gay?

Vor 4 Tage
Top10List
Top10List

119k like

Vor 4 Tage
The Comment Guy
The Comment Guy

I tried, i have no health problems. I'M JUST GLOWING GREEN

Vor 4 Tage
Guiep
Guiep

For some reason I read 'Nuclear Power Plant Wastewater'. Safe to say I was a bit dissapointed...

Vor 5 Tage
Demitrius
Demitrius

*wants to move to Iceland*

Vor 5 Tage
Tarodenaro
Tarodenaro

100 IQ : dump geothermal wastewater into the sea. 200 IQ : using geothermal wastewater as nature water reserve. 2000 IQ : Charge 30 Euro so people can swim in it.

Vor 5 Tage
Myron Thomas
Myron Thomas

"Cold reservoirs will heat up soon enough". Geothermal is big in the Netherlands for the heating of greenhouses although it's low temperature. A 1km deep well may produce water from a triassic sandstone at 30° or so for example. Interestingly, dynamic modelling suggests that once cooled after a couple of decades of production, the reservoir may take 300 years to recover its temperature.

Vor 5 Tage
kamikazegargoyle
kamikazegargoyle

Tom are you just putting your thirst posts on main now?

Vor 5 Tage
ExploringWithin
ExploringWithin

Sorry, for us folks in UK and US we don’t do kilometers. Please at least put miles on screen so we have some concept of the distance.

Vor 5 Tage
Wa ge
Wa ge

Not much diversity there it is too nice

Vor 5 Tage
torpid onYT
torpid onYT

Hi tom. I really enjoy your videos after school

Vor 5 Tage
Ask to seduce Miss
Ask to seduce Miss

3:14 "... the ice was strong enough to safely walk on ..." Disclaimer: Tom is not an authority on whether it is safe to walk on a frozen lake.

Vor 5 Tage
Chris Bury
Chris Bury

I had no idea! visited both of those places when in Iceland, I guess I never questioned where that water was coming from!

Vor 5 Tage
Ask to seduce Miss
Ask to seduce Miss

thought this said power point waste water

Vor 5 Tage
Tsogtoo Tsegts
Tsogtoo Tsegts

No

Vor 5 Tage
beanhill
beanhill

If it kills me then yes.

Vor 5 Tage
Jamie Blue
Jamie Blue

Can you do wierd border videos again I wana see you explain the French Monaco border or the unmanned rural borders of countries and cross them

Vor 5 Tage
WolfFrame
WolfFrame

How old is Tom now? He's aged so much when I watch his video for the last time a while ago.

Vor 5 Tage
ethan gomez
ethan gomez

This is the next Albert Einstein

Vor 5 Tage
M D
M D

Why not paint the pipe green

Vor 5 Tage
Blue
Blue

We flew a kite in a public place

Vor 5 Tage
Crusty Cakes
Crusty Cakes

All fun and games till your balls start turning green

Vor 5 Tage
hydro78878
hydro78878

wow, that's one blue lagoon i might actually want to swim in

Vor 5 Tage
AttractiveGD
AttractiveGD

Icelandic friends tells me they call it sperm lakes. Also plussed the video, but it's only because of Iceland!

Vor 5 Tage
Riley Camden
Riley Camden

It’s still spot on

Vor 5 Tage
Jason Furmanek
Jason Furmanek

My father worked at Perry nuclear power plant in Ohio for over 30 years. When we would go fishing on Lake Erie, before 9/11 and increased security concerns, we would often go out to what was called "the bubble". It was the cooling water outlet from the plant. It was a giant pipe emerging from the bottom of the lake, well below the surface, and the water around it was the clearest I've ever seen in that lake. It was warm and full of fish. You could see the rumble of expelled water on the surface, hence the name. We had no shame about diving in and touching bottom or just lounging around. I seem to remember my father cautioning us about staying in too long, but I think that had more to do with making the guard towers on land nervous than anything else.

Vor 5 Tage
Gibson Fit
Gibson Fit

This is extremely interesting I can’t wait to visit Iceland when we can again

Vor 5 Tage
Karl M
Karl M

Those areas are all not even connectid to the blue lagoon and this plant near by blue lagoon is the Geo.thermal plant 😂😂

Vor 5 Tage
Monabee
Monabee

Did u gain 5 sheild a second?

Vor 5 Tage
Bangbang Liu
Bangbang Liu

thought this said power point waste water

Vor 5 Tage
Sparadicey
Sparadicey

That’s the cleanest water I have ever seen

Vor 5 Tage
element balls
element balls

No, I don't think I will.

Vor 5 Tage
Banana
Banana

you should do a collab with linus tech tips

Vor 5 Tage
bowen voowy
bowen voowy

It’s official, we can go swim at Chernobyl.

Vor 6 Tage
Raian Hossain
Raian Hossain

No... why? Well... I can't swim.

Vor 6 Tage
Kid AlmostDecent
Kid AlmostDecent

Jokes on you, I live near lake Norman which is all nuclear power plant coolant. It’s 90 degrees year round and some of the best bass fishing in the world

Vor 6 Tage
bowen voowy
bowen voowy

Icelandic Ultrablue

Vor 6 Tage
Löhr
Löhr

This guy looks like an IRL version of grian's skin

Vor 6 Tage
The Anomaly 23
The Anomaly 23

Tom is really capitalising on his trip up north

Vor 6 Tage
Tommy167
Tommy167

They went here in kuwtk

Vor 6 Tage
someedgykid
someedgykid

how dangerous is it to drink the undrinkable water

Vor 6 Tage
डॉलरPERIOD
डॉलरPERIOD

"ICE"land

Vor 6 Tage
Sunneva Gísladóttir
Sunneva Gísladóttir

I'm not kidding im from iceland. And this pool name is blue lagoon. 👍🙂

Vor 6 Tage
Got Milk?
Got Milk?

Wow the blue lagoon is dead to me.

Vor 6 Tage
John Boudreaux
John Boudreaux

Fun fact: Reykjavik is the only major city with over 100k people with a 100% renewable power grid Edit: I wonder if Tom notices this and hearts this comment

Vor 6 Tage
Evan Whaley
Evan Whaley

nuclear water is perfectly fine unless nuclear waste has been in contact with it

Vor 6 Tage
yaliso gioouy
yaliso gioouy

This lagoon, right here, in the middle of Iceland doesn't look that toxic, because is not.

Vor 6 Tage
A koala With internet access
A koala With internet access

Dude how stressed are you your only like 36 but In this video you look like your in your fifties (not an insult or anything just kinda concerned) but besides that very cool video thanks for the neat facts

Vor 6 Tage
yaliso gioouy
yaliso gioouy

Yes

Vor 6 Tage
oneMeVz
oneMeVz

Well, at least it isn't nuclear power plant waste water...

Vor 6 Tage
Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson

Most Millennials are sh!t people anyhow, so what would it matter if they actually swam in waste treatment water.

Vor 6 Tage
deepblue2
deepblue2

This place is one of the places I want to visit on my bucket list.

Vor 6 Tage
PK Mongoose
PK Mongoose

Icelandic Ultrablue

Vor 6 Tage
CEO RecDecLec
CEO RecDecLec

I saw this in that one actors nature netflix series

Vor 6 Tage
Timothy Johnson
Timothy Johnson

I swam on that beach late in September '17... I assumed they heated it all year round, I was wrong.

Vor 6 Tage
damarh
damarh

iceland is very popular this time of the year for youtubers.

Vor 6 Tage
Sekhalis
Sekhalis

Tom has really aged remarkably well since his pineapple-fingerprint video

Vor 6 Tage
Tick
Tick

TOM YOU ARE A GOOD ROLE MODEL. THANK YOU FOR WORKING ON YOURSELF BOSS, KEEP ON KEEPING ON

Vor 6 Tage
Porter
Porter

I actually have in Virginia!

Vor 6 Tage
TheBlueArcher
TheBlueArcher

"the earth isn't going to run out of heat" welp, I see an environmental crisis coming in several billion years...

Vor 6 Tage
YaBoiBMO
YaBoiBMO

Did you have fun in the water?

Vor 6 Tage
Jacob
Jacob

A few decades.

Vor 6 Tage
Luis Aguilera
Luis Aguilera

That pipe you standed next to is scary me😓

Vor 6 Tage
Gio Vidana
Gio Vidana

Tom. Please. WHY ARE YOU CONSISTENTLY WEARING RED SHIRTS IN ALL YOUR VIDEOS. Please please please let me know WHY.

Vor 6 Tage
Cereal ?
Cereal ?

Yes

Vor 6 Tage

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