Almost all of Hessian’s bathing lakes have “excellent” water quality

The EU Commission has once again assessed the water quality of the Hesse bathing lakes. Only two of the 61 lakes did not receive the highest “excellent” rating. But a higher rating isn’t necessarily a guarantee of undisturbed bathing fun.

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Quality of the bathing lakes in Hesse

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Summer weather is likely to draw people to one of the many bathing lakes in Hesse in many places in the coming days. As in previous years, the water quality of almost all Hesse bathing lakes has been rated by the EU Commission as “excellent”.

The Hessian State Agency for Nature, Ecology and Geology Conservation (HLNUG) in Wiesbaden announced on Friday that 59 out of 61 bodies of water assessed had this designation. on an interactive site a map You can learn more about all the bathing lakes.

One is good, one is enough

Only two lakes landed in the two categories below. The surfing lake Kärcher near Biblis (Bergstrasse) is rated “Good”. The Gederner See in the Wetterau district received “enough”. According to the HLNUG, no bathing lake in the state of Hesse is classified as “poor”.

According to the state office, what does not play a role in the classification is the presence of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae in the water. This affects the Schultheis-Weiher in Offenbach, for example, as can be seen from the interactive map on the website of HLNUG He appears.

Blue-green algae in the Schultheis-Weiher and Wetterburger Strandbad

So cyanobacteria were indeed found during a visit on April 26. It can produce toxins that can be harmful to human and animal health. Skin contact can cause allergic reactions. Swallowing water can lead to stomach and intestinal diseases.

The water in the Wetterburg lido in Twistetalsperre in Bad Arolsen (Waldeck-Frankenberg) is also contaminated with cyanobacteria. Swimmers are advised to avoid areas with an increased incidence of blue-green algae, which can be recognized by green streaks on the surface of the water and intense turbidity.

Darmstadt warns of low vision

There are also warnings for two bathing lakes in Darmstadt, Arheilger Mühlchen and Großer Woog. Here, the city’s health department reports low visual depths, sometimes as low as 1 metre. The agency said this would make it difficult to rescue drowning people.

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