Would You Swim In Power Plant Wastewater?

Sep 14, 2020
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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.
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  • 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.

    Tom ScottTom ScottMonth ago
    • How was this posted a month ago....?

      Dmitri LegovickisDmitri Legovickis5 hours ago
    • Damn u finna dir

      Police_ Aker25YTPolice_ Aker25YT5 hours ago
    • @sayghia airplanes

      Myles LosMyles Los18 hours ago
    • Does wildlife follow the pipes in an artificial migration pattern?

      William RobertsWilliam RobertsDay ago
    • P

      AdriKonAdriKonDay ago
  • What do you do when you get lost in an islandic forest? Stand up

    Tommi WeckTommi Weck2 hours ago
  • I'd do anything for that smile.

    Number_055Number_0553 hours ago
  • Have your fingerprints healed yet mate?

    AyOhAyOh6 hours ago
  • :( Clickbait thumbnail.

    Lukas SprehnLukas Sprehn6 hours ago
  • .“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.” - Bill Watterson

    sotuur aeeisotuur aeei6 hours ago
  • Hey i live in iceland

    Kjartan Hafdal ÓmarssonKjartan Hafdal Ómarsson6 hours ago
    • Hah, been saying for years they should have you on QI, and noticed you got a mention previously. Good Job!

      sotuur aeeisotuur aeei6 hours ago
  • USkeysr tom scot dies of radiation poisoning

    David MooreDavid Moore6 hours ago
  • Immediate response from thumbnail: depends on what type of power plant

    The spiciest Meme lordThe spiciest Meme lord6 hours ago
  • Depends what’s in it

    0MindSwept00MindSwept07 hours ago
  • No.

    Conor Smith-CalonicoConor Smith-Calonico8 hours ago
  • I think that this is as close to a steampunk city as we're gonna get.

    Samuel SkalaSamuel Skala9 hours ago
  • This video made me realize how badly we need a Letterkenny or Portlandia-style sitcom based in Iceland. It's a quirky, silly, absolutely wonderful place that deserves pop culture reverence

    MrCzechTexanMrCzechTexan9 hours ago
  • No

    Diego brandoDiego brando9 hours ago
  • I hope this is going to be all over the world when fusion reactors produce infinite power

    Cody SlabCody Slab10 hours ago
  • Yang sayang aku like yang cinta allah coment

    Watkins CarlosWatkins Carlos10 hours ago
  • Nah, dude. I can't swim.

    NDインディNDインディ10 hours ago
  • I dunno would you swim in it? Stay tuned for more information. Most swim in seas and pools, i know lets all nip down to local power plant pool for a swim.

    Blahblah ThinkBlahblah Think11 hours ago
  • I took me a while to notice its not power point power

    Iconix BeoinxIconix Beoinx11 hours ago
  • Wales: We're The nicest people on Earth Iceland: Hold my Icehoythhenthenin

    Sloppy BogglerSloppy Boggler11 hours ago
  • Red Shirt?!

    SamSam11 hours ago
  • Man’s about to become the Hulk

    Thomas GomezThomas Gomez12 hours ago
  • Hah, been saying for years they should have you on No Such Thing As A Fish, and noticed you got a mention previously. Good Job!

    N JonesN Jones12 hours ago
  • Omg we spend our entire trip in Iceland trying to figure out why the corner of this lake was not frozen and we thought how lucky those ducks were to have this corner of water to swim. Thank you, more than a year after i finely feel relieved hahah

    Andre SantosAndre Santos12 hours ago
  • Yep going for a dip in Sellafield pool.

    Matt FaradayMatt Faraday12 hours ago
  • I was there about 6-7 years ago, it was quite nice actually

    NickNick12 hours ago
  • apparently I really want to live in iceland now

    DaveDexterMusicDaveDexterMusic13 hours ago
  • I knew you were at blue lagoon

    Andri GudmundssonAndri Gudmundsson13 hours ago
  • Is this guy 20 or 50

    Maxwell SlaterMaxwell Slater13 hours ago

    not funnynot funny13 hours ago
  • I think I might take a dip. Maybe someday.

    Hakkyou13Hakkyou1313 hours ago
  • Yes

    Gudetama KataraGudetama Katara13 hours ago
  • I did once swim in the coolant water of a nuclear power plant. The river Aare is used to cool the two reactor blocks of Beznau 1 & 2 in Switzerland. Of course, the coolant water never touches the fuel rods, hence radioactive contamination is highly unlikely.

    Felix MüllerFelix Müller13 hours ago
  • You look so old and so young at the same time.

    SieQwaPaczysz Oi!SieQwaPaczysz Oi!13 hours ago
  • yes i want to look like i just came out of futurama

    LoskiwithALoskiwithA13 hours ago
  • I can't even swim in pristine water, fella.

    Dick Thick'emDick Thick'em13 hours ago
  • And what do these power plant ware water contain. Is it harmful is it better for your health?

    GenericGame... PlaysGenericGame... Plays13 hours ago
  • I dunno, would I?

    JustDenys1JustDenys114 hours ago
  • I live in iceland

    Þórir Breki BragasonÞórir Breki Bragason14 hours ago
  • been there it was niceeee

    PHOENIXPHOENIX14 hours ago
  • I came here from the drums and cymbal falling off a cliff video😂

    a socka sock14 hours ago
    • Any other GCSE geography students who've been there?

      dueeh nyyudueeh nyyu14 hours ago
  • Tom scott save us from trash youtuber cuz you are the last golden one for youtube quality content.

    RakaSatriyaWRakaSatriyaW15 hours ago
    • Where is the ice?

      dueeh nyyudueeh nyyu14 hours ago
  • Tom Scott: Would You Swim In Power Plant Wastewater? Also Tom Scott:

    Basim EhsanBasim Ehsan15 hours ago
  • I have been there! It was soooo cool!

    Chesty VulvaChesty Vulva15 hours ago
  • "Rekjevek", I'm not Icelandic but that can't be the right pronunciation

    Trygve EvensenTrygve Evensen15 hours ago
  • Of course I would i want some extra limbs

    Indominus RexIndominus Rex15 hours ago
  • "The Entrophy is coming..."

    AdrX003AdrX00315 hours ago
  • I clicked on this thinking it’ll be wastewater from a *nuclear* power plant. Not disappointed though, this was better.

    ICE TranceICE Trance15 hours ago
  • u look 20 and 60 at the same time

    FreakFreak17 hours ago
  • Ur graying Tom

    Ron BetonRon Beton17 hours ago
  • I haven't watched the vid yet but I can already tell that I'd want to swim in the waste water since your in it

    Billy8Billy817 hours ago
  • Anyone else misread that as "Nuclear Power Plant"?

    BribbukBribbuk17 hours ago
  • Still can't tell if this guy is in his 20's or 50's

    xd M4r3k _xd M4r3k _17 hours ago
  • Unless the nuclear powerplant is violating regulations, you can swim in that water and be perfectly safe because it never comes in contact with radiation. Any liquids that come into contact with radiation are treated as radioactive waste and aren't put back into the water table.

    MemeManMemeMan17 hours ago
  • And become as white as the thumbnail?

    unwrapping by mimi kotengunwrapping by mimi koteng18 hours ago
  • Where is the *ice?*

    Kouhai AsashiKouhai Asashi18 hours ago
  • Any other GCSE geography students who've been there?

    GeraldGerald18 hours ago
  • His face bruh

  • Nuka Quantum plant confirmed

    BTGUDBTGUD18 hours ago
  • Yes I'd swim in power plant 'wastewater' (so long as the temperature was okay). Why not? (Depends of course on the power plant). It's mostly just cooling water that's been taken out of a river, or sometimes discharge from a hydro dam. Generally speaking, water quality standards ensure that it's no worse than the natural river it discharges into. So as a generality, yes.

    cr01cr0118 hours ago
  • [You now have minor radiation poisoning]

    FyremFyrem18 hours ago
  • I hate Tom Scott

    jimosfear Spadgejimosfear Spadge18 hours ago
  • Iceland is the best land

    Justin The MatrixJustin The Matrix18 hours ago
  • I swam in the nuclear power plant cooling pool.

    Pavel ShevchukPavel Shevchuk19 hours ago
  • thumbnail bait.

    jaijai19 hours ago
  • I have and it was OK 😃

    John RushtonJohn Rushton19 hours ago
  • No.

    Christian ChanChristian Chan19 hours ago
  • Tom, you are this generations bill nye!

    AphenAphen19 hours ago
  • yes immediately without question

    PurplelimePurplelime19 hours ago
  • See you in 6 years when this gets reccomended

    DrumFNDrumFN20 hours ago
  • I love these videos because he's always so interested in what he's talking about (often because the material itself is interesting but his excitement doesnt hurt) plus added with the sound of his jacket crinkling adds such a calming asmr effect

    Isaac LunaIsaac Luna20 hours ago
  • Hats off to you good sir

    Swaroop HegdeSwaroop Hegde20 hours ago
  • It's pronounced "Ray-kee-ya-vik" not "Re-kee-ya-vik"

    BM1xBM1x20 hours ago
  • Water heats Water

    Nori NastorNori Nastor20 hours ago
  • Oh god, are you going to talk about the icelandic bananas??? :o

    bzqp2bzqp221 hour ago
  • you looked like a mong in that water.

    Anthony ContiAnthony Conti21 hour ago
  • I flew a kite in a public place

    KickStartTVKickStartTV21 hour ago
  • Toms gonna turn into glowing mr burns in a few days

    DeadKing66DeadKing6621 hour ago
  • Yes, why do you ask?

    Coalition of RobCoalition of Rob21 hour ago
  • Do you know the difference of wastewater and sewage? It's a huge difference

    rosakatrin007rosakatrin00721 hour ago
  • . 2:29 why a 90 degree turn in the pipe ?

    uriuri22 hours ago
  • . שבת שלום

    uriuri22 hours ago
  • Oh I’d love to see Tom Scott play Among Us

    Great JävänGreat Jävän22 hours ago
  • *you would , I won't*

    Socially IneptSocially Inept22 hours ago
  • You've aged 30 years in a few weeks what happened?

    Big BonesBig Bones22 hours ago
  • Would you swim in powerplant waste water. If Tom did, it would be save, so yes

    Dianne HadderinghDianne Hadderingh22 hours ago
  • Tom, I just discovered your channel last week even though you've been at this for what appears to be ages, and I have to say: your level of fascination with such a broad range of topics is 100% contagious. Never stop.

    Bart de JongBart de Jong22 hours ago
  • Couldn't resist that cheeky face in the thumbnail

    levan polkalevan polka23 hours ago
  • Waste water? What a joke. Check the facts better.

    Jon Hilmarsson photographyJon Hilmarsson photography23 hours ago
    • @WyvernDoesStuff no, there is a difference between waste water and water that you cant use for the power plant

      Alexandra Chernyshova Official Artist ChannelAlexandra Chernyshova Official Artist Channel19 hours ago
    • ? It is waste water.

      WyvernDoesStuffWyvernDoesStuff19 hours ago
  • Are you 20 or 40?

    mookkssmookkss23 hours ago
  • 0:12 the cut scene where the npc explains your next mission

  • Blue lagoon in Buxton vs Blue Lagoon in Iceland... which is worse?

    Tyranitar66501Tyranitar66501Day ago
  • Tom's really been getting some mileage out of his Iceland trip.

    Sir Amic VarzeSir Amic VarzeDay ago
  • Well that's nuka cola quantum

    Rainbow CookieRainbow CookieDay ago
  • Is it just me or your hairline be like chief Mao lvl.

    osama booshiosama booshiDay ago
  • Imagine being from the UK and complaining that another place is a 'bit wet'.

    westrimwestrimDay ago
  • Who agrees that we need teachers like Tom Scott?

    Saptak MandalSaptak MandalDay ago
  • i would have liked to meet you i live in iceland :/ 🇮🇸

    lol arnarolafssonlol arnarolafssonDay ago
  • Fun fact: Tom Scott is about 36 years old

    Beefy StewBeefy StewDay ago
  • did the waste water give him albinism?

    snorfsnorfDay ago