Recommended, 2022

Editor'S Choice

You should avoid these bathing lakes better! These bacteria lurk in the lake

Photo: iStock


Summer time, bath time! But beware, sometimes it's better not to unpack your swimwear - because some rivers and lakes are pretty dirty and full of bacteria . You can hardly speak of water quality . Here you can find out how clean your favorite bathing lake is.

So nice cold water! If the temperature rises hotly these days, we all just want one thing: clothes off and into the wet! Some swimming trips can have bad consequences. Then, when intestinal bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E.coli) and intestinal enterococci (IE) are in the water. "Both belong to the intestinal bacteria of humans and warm-blooded animals. Although they can also cause diseases themselves, they primarily serve as indicators of the existence of even more dangerous pathogens and confirm the proximity of a corresponding source of pollution, "explains the ADAC, which regularly checks the quality of German bathing lakes.

The bacteria get into the water, for example through the outlets of sewage treatment plants or naturally fertilized fields. Large collections of waterfowl also increase the number of bacteria. In rivers such as the Elbe, the bacterial load increases especially after heavy rainfall. Then mixed water from rainwater and sewage from the Sielnetz gets into the river.

Those who come into contact with such bacteria may contract diarrhea, fever or inflammation of the conjunctiva, for example. So that does not happen: check the water quality first ! There are several possibilities for this:

1. From Berlin to Bavaria: In Germany there are well 2000 officially reported bathing waters. The federal states check the quality of the waters within their borders. The results will be published online. The Federal Environment Agency has gathered the pages in an overview map. In 2012, the results were extremely positive. Of the 2295 German inland and coastal bathing sites tested, only eight were assessed as bad.

2. garbage on the beach, diapers in the water? The ADAC measures the water quality of bathing lakes by means of samples from the shallow water on the beach. Thus, the results of the federal states are to be supplemented, in their investigations, the samples are taken from deeper water. The investigations of the ADAC give hints on hygienic problems on the beach and near shore shallow water. In 2013, 41 bathing lakes near twelve major German cities were examined. For example, the Great M├╝ggelsee near Berlin and the Stadtparksee in Hamburg did poorly. Here are all current results (as of 2016).

3. In detail: Many German cities provide information about the quality of the waters in the city on their websites. For example, Hamburg warns about swimming in the Elbe . "The Elbe does not meet the bacterial requirements of the European Union for a bathing water. Also for safety reasons, the Elbe is unsuitable for swimming. "The customer review has been automatically translated from German.

Large rivers such as the Elbe and the Rhine become dangerous due to the lack of visibility, the strong current and the shipping traffic. Who bathes there, can not see any obstacles and if something happens, the search and rescue teams have a hard time. And when ships pass the beach, swimmers can be pulled towards the fairway. At the lake it is definitely safer.

Feel like swimming, but have not found the right bikini yet? Here are beautiful models by Sylvie Meis !