Would You Swim In Power Plant Wastewater?

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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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    7 mánuðum síðan

    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.

    • Antoni Orszykowski

      Antoni Orszykowski

      Degi Síðan síðan

      Need to go there at least once.

    • TRY My Way To Do This

      TRY My Way To Do This

      3 dögum síðan

      Say hello for cancer

    • Valter


      12 dögum síðan


    • Þór Sigurðsson

      Þór Sigurðsson

      Mánuði síðan

      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.

    • andik70


      2 mánuðum síðan

      These boxes neede are exactly the reason why hyperloop will run into problems.

  2. Connor Michalec

    Connor Michalec

    3 klukkustundum síðan

    Average tom scott video

  3. Pi


    4 klukkustundum síðan

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

  4. prussia


    15 klukkustundum síðan

    Hmmm let's find out

  5. Alex


    15 klukkustundum síðan

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

  6. Nand0


    18 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  7. 1t2ht


    Degi Síðan síðan


  8. ANobodyatall


    Degi Síðan síðan


  9. Juicy J

    Juicy J

    Degi Síðan síðan

    False advertising. Thumbnail showed the dude in the water 👎

  10. Ziggy Last Name

    Ziggy Last Name

    Degi Síðan síðan

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

  11. Aggro-H


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Clickbait Thumbs down

  12. paterson022


    Degi Síðan síðan

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

  13. Tam Fam

    Tam Fam

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Tom why are glowing green?

  14. Nashtark 111

    Nashtark 111

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Ironic. You missed the eruption by a few months.

  15. KrakenFN


    Degi Síðan síðan

    are you related to travis scott by any chance?

  16. Ghosty


    Degi Síðan síðan

    This is gonna be on ur recommended

    • DTP011


      Degi Síðan síðan


  17. Kamron Thumm

    Kamron Thumm

    2 dögum síðan

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

  18. Electro-Cute


    2 dögum síðan

    I have bathed there once.

  19. Matan Levi

    Matan Levi

    2 dögum síðan

    למה שאעשה זאת

  20. Wolfdog


    2 dögum síðan

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

  21. Don Don

    Don Don

    2 dögum síðan

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

  22. Skial Headsplicer

    Skial Headsplicer

    2 dögum síðan

    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.

  23. Anonymous


    2 dögum síðan

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

  24. Timothy Farrand

    Timothy Farrand

    2 dögum síðan

    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

  25. Oto


    3 dögum síðan

    Plant trees it looks like desert.

  26. Andreas Niederwieser

    Andreas Niederwieser

    3 dögum síðan

    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.

  27. Taylor Pogue

    Taylor Pogue

    3 dögum síðan

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

  28. A Fellow Crusader

    A Fellow Crusader

    3 dögum síðan

    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

  29. Northernmight


    3 dögum síðan

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

  30. Home Stuff

    Home Stuff

    4 dögum síðan

    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

  31. Abcdif


    4 dögum síðan


  32. MrTheclevercat


    4 dögum síðan

    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.

  33. Yoshen


    4 dögum síðan

    Please for the love of God change the thumbnail

  34. War Dog

    War Dog

    4 dögum síðan

    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.

  35. maik


    4 dögum síðan

    next powerplant swim? tsjernobyl?😉

  36. JC130


    4 dögum síðan

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

  37. RandmTechArchive


    4 dögum síðan

    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

  38. Wassim Baalouche

    Wassim Baalouche

    5 dögum síðan

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

  39. M. E.

    M. E.

    5 dögum síðan

    Sees thumbnail: Maybe

  40. inthso


    5 dögum síðan

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

  41. [REDACTED]


    5 dögum síðan

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

    • Væringjar


      3 dögum síðan

      PtX is the answer!

  42. tigers fc

    tigers fc

    5 dögum síðan

    I would

  43. SHockThePig


    5 dögum síðan

    Looks like slurpy swamp

  44. Will Anderson

    Will Anderson

    5 dögum síðan

    no i would not i get ear infections easily

  45. Michael Heider

    Michael Heider

    5 dögum síðan

    How is it waste?

  46. Nigel nigel

    Nigel nigel

    6 dögum síðan

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

  47. CMW18


    6 dögum síðan

    Crazy place yo

  48. Eärendil theBright

    Eärendil theBright

    6 dögum síðan

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

  49. jim morris

    jim morris

    7 dögum síðan

    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.

  50. Dlveq Offical

    Dlveq Offical

    7 dögum síðan


  51. Elodin Istina

    Elodin Istina

    8 dögum síðan

    That's really cool.

  52. Riley Carpenter

    Riley Carpenter

    9 dögum síðan


  53. I Laser

    I Laser

    10 dögum síðan

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

  54. Soviet Cunt

    Soviet Cunt

    10 dögum síðan

    Bloody ell mate

  55. Gurrehable


    10 dögum síðan

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

  56. Nathan


    10 dögum síðan

    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.

  57. nikodemanthony


    10 dögum síðan

    i would not tom, yourself?

  58. U R Phake And Gey

    U R Phake And Gey

    11 dögum síðan

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

  59. Pyxis


    12 dögum síðan

    Nice clickbait

  60. RedPanda 77

    RedPanda 77

    12 dögum síðan

    I used the water to warm up the water

  61. Journals of a third density traveler

    Journals of a third density traveler

    12 dögum síðan

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

  62. subhaay thevar

    subhaay thevar

    13 dögum síðan

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

  63. Vlad Z

    Vlad Z

    13 dögum síðan

    Too much blabla

  64. SplutteryElm Professional enclave boi

    SplutteryElm Professional enclave boi

    13 dögum síðan


  65. Recon


    13 dögum síðan

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

  66. Vik Viktory

    Vik Viktory

    13 dögum síðan

    Tbh im Icelandic and i thought that this was done everywhere

  67. Julian Of Åland

    Julian Of Åland

    13 dögum síðan

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

  68. Satoshi Kon's lost son

    Satoshi Kon's lost son

    13 dögum síðan

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

  69. rigdigwus


    15 dögum síðan

    you managed to look like 80 in your mid 30s

  70. William Diaz

    William Diaz

    15 dögum síðan

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

  71. Steve White

    Steve White

    15 dögum síðan

    That water looks so refreshing for some reason

  72. Sir Puffball

    Sir Puffball

    15 dögum síðan

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

  73. Astroblaze the Reality Traverser

    Astroblaze the Reality Traverser

    15 dögum síðan

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

  74. oracle


    15 dögum síðan


  75. Major_Dodo


    18 dögum síðan

    I've actually been here, would certainly recommend

  76. Duck God

    Duck God

    18 dögum síðan

    3:22 Thanks

  77. sreekutty sree

    sreekutty sree

    18 dögum síðan

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

  78. Itz Fireyyy

    Itz Fireyyy

    19 dögum síðan


  79. Oliver Longley

    Oliver Longley

    19 dögum síðan

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

  80. B Nagy

    B Nagy

    19 dögum síðan

    Only in Fukushima’s

  81. 易天俊


    19 dögum síðan

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

  82. Ariisake


    19 dögum síðan

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

  83. Comrade Catbug

    Comrade Catbug

    19 dögum síðan

    Everyone gangsta until Blue Lagoon starts turning people into autotargeting zombies

  84. hoes mad

    hoes mad

    20 dögum síðan

    this guy talking soothes my anxiety.

  85. Pivinne


    20 dögum síðan

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

  86. Nick MaGrick

    Nick MaGrick

    20 dögum síðan

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

  87. SirIncompetent


    21 degi síðan síðan

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

    • It is good day to be not dead.

      It is good day to be not dead.

      19 dögum síðan

      Point them out so

  88. Andrew Yang

    Andrew Yang

    22 dögum síðan

    That thumbnail is straight out of a Japanese horror movie

  89. 「MrWhoWasIt」


    22 dögum síðan

    easy, no.

  90. xkvm


    23 dögum síðan

    hes so posh lmao

    • It is good day to be not dead.

      It is good day to be not dead.

      19 dögum síðan


  91. MassaMeows


    23 dögum síðan

    Its actuallt good for your skin im from iceland

  92. Interwesting Stuff Interwesting

    Interwesting Stuff Interwesting

    23 dögum síðan


  93. A cat on his hind legs.

    A cat on his hind legs.

    23 dögum síðan

    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?

  94. PoggerZ


    24 dögum síðan

    no i dont think i would do that

  95. Crabbycrab


    25 dögum síðan

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

  96. Chris312


    26 dögum síðan

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

  97. Loaf of History

    Loaf of History

    26 dögum síðan

    People who wanna experience being in a Chernobyl lake: TAKE MY MONEY

  98. nik.


    26 dögum síðan

    if i was a crowbar wielding thereotcal physicist during an apocalypse i would

  99. WincyFN


    27 dögum síðan

    I've been there and it smelled SO bad. It was really fun and cool with warm water, but it smelled like sh*t

    • Nicholas Wilks

      Nicholas Wilks

      19 dögum síðan

      its probably the sulfur

  100. kinexiem


    27 dögum síðan

    When I read the title I immediately thought of nuclear wastewater...

    • marcel151


      26 dögum síðan

      That was intended... A lot of people thought that.