Leisure – Hanover – The water quality of the lakes in Lower Saxony and Bremen is good – Society

Hanover (dpa) – At the start of the bathing season, the water quality in bathing waters in Lower Saxony and Bremen is good. With a few exceptions, it is rated at least the second highest level “good” at almost all bathing spots. Since this Sunday, people in the north have been able to swim again in the bathing lakes and rivers.

According to data from the Lower Saxony Health Department, there are only two bathing areas with deficiencies. At Dümmer See in the Diepholz district, several bathing areas are closed due to an increased occurrence of blue-green algae. The bacteria can be toxic and irritate the skin. They occur mainly in the summer months when the water temperatures are high in stagnant waters. In Wremen (Cuxhaven district), the North Sea beach is classified as “poor” because of its water quality. Some bathing spots along the Unterweser are only rated in the “adequate” category.

According to the health department in the Hanover region, the water quality is at least “good” at 24 of 25 bathing spots. As in Bremen, the first water samples were taken here on May 2nd and 3rd. The water quality at every bathing resort should be checked at least every 30 days until the end of the season on September 15, according to the health department. Only at Parksee Lohne in Isernhagen does a bathing warning apply due to the development of blue-green algae. A bathing ban does not apply here so far.

On Sunday, for example, there was already a lot of activity at the Silbersee in Langenhagen near Hanover. Many people sunbathed on the meadow, played with their children or fired up the grill. Only a few dared to go into the water.

On Sunday morning, around 60 to 70 brave people ventured out into the cold North Sea on Baltrum. For the first time after a two-year Corona break, the East Frisian island invited people to the traditional “bathing” on the north beach. As the spa administration announced, there were at least as many spectators. Mayor Harm Olchers was happy about the timely arrival of the first DLRG team. The rescue teams are highly professional and well trained, he said.

Mid-May is the official season opening for the guard season of the German Life Saving Society (DLRG), but some stations, such as in Grömitz, have been occupied since the end of April, according to the DLRG. The lifeguards of the water rescue service of the German Red Cross (DRK) have also started the watch season. In Zinnowitz on Usedom, for example, they have been ensuring safe bathing fun since May 1st. Lifeguard flags will also be flown on beaches around the Kiel Fjord and in Warnemünde during the summer season.

The DLRG needs around 5,000 lifeguards, boat drivers and watchmen on the coasts in summer – well distributed over the entire period from the beginning of May to the end of September, as a DLRG spokesman told the dpa. “Most of them are used during the main vacation period. However, the demand from applicants is often greater than the number of available places.” However, there are still quite a few places available until mid-July. “We can still use reinforcements. Spontaneous ones can be used immediately.”

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