Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - Anyone who climbs into a bathing lake in the face of rising temperatures in Baden-Württemberg usually does not need to worry about the water quality. Of the 312 bathing areas monitored last year, only two were of poor quality, as Health Minister Manne Lucha (Greens) announced on Friday in Stuttgart when the current bathing water map was published. In a European comparison, the south-west has again achieved above-average results.
Of the 312 bathing areas that are regularly checked during the 2021 bathing season, 98 percent are “very good” or “good” for bathing. Only two bathing spots, the Holzmühleweier in the Ravensburg district and the Sunthauser See in the Black Forest-Baar district, were rated as unsatisfactory. These would have temporarily exhibited hygienic burdens. According to the announcement, three bathing areas, the Eggenstein quarry pond in the Karlsruhe district, the Rösslerweiher Schlier in the Ravensburg district and the Hörschwag bathing area on the Lauchert in the Zollernalb district, achieved sufficient quality.
During the bathing season, which generally lasts from June 1st to September 15th in Baden-Württemberg, the health authorities take water samples and examine them at least once a month. Lucha emphasized: "In addition, the clear recommendation again this year is not to swim in rivers." Apart from a few designated bathing areas, these are usually not checked. It cannot therefore be ruled out that microbiological contamination above the applicable limit values is present at these bathing areas.