For watering and extinguishing: Swimming pool gives away pool water

The dry summer poses a major challenge for Germany this year.

For watering and extinguishing: Swimming pool gives away pool water

The dry summer poses a major challenge for Germany this year. The outdoor pool in Bad Schwalbach wants to remedy the situation with an unusual campaign. Anyone who needs water can simply pick it up there.

Because of the dry summer, the outdoor pool in Bad Schwalbach in the Rheingau-Taunus district has started a special campaign: Since Monday, those interested can collect water there for watering or for fire-fighting water tanks. "It's incredibly busy," said lifeguard Richard van Rijn to the rush. Farmers drove up with large equipment and had water tanks filled up at the outdoor pool. Around 800,000 liters of water could be handed in by Thursday, it said.

According to van Rijn, the water is suitable for watering because it was cleaned of chlorine after the end of the season. "The chlorine evaporates through the environment, air, weather and sun," explained the lifeguard. In addition, the water was filtered several times. However, it is not only used for watering, but also to fill up fire-fighting water tanks. Fire engines were also filled on Monday.

"I had the idea a few years ago," said van Rijn about the campaign. This summer, the dry period has now persuaded him to put it into practice.

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