Delmenhorst: drinking water contaminated with germs

Delmenhorst: drinking water contaminated with germs



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Delmenhorst: drinking water contaminated with germs
25.01.2015

Authorities in Delmenhorst in Lower Saxony warn of germs in drinking water. The municipal utilities have also started to disinfect the water with chlorine. According to the information, there is no health risk.

"No health risk for drinking water customers" The authorities in Delmenhorst in Lower Saxony warn of germs in drinking water. As "Radio Bremen" announced, it is now clear that these are E-coli bacteria (Escherichia coli). These germs belong to the natural intestinal flora of humans and animals. Some of them can cause gastrointestinal infections with indigestion such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. However, spokeswoman for Stadtwerke Delmenhorst (SWD), Britta Fengler, said: "There is no health risk for drinking water customers."

Drinking water should be boiled The health office recommends boiling the drinking water until further notice. The agency said that consumers can safely drink the water after boiling. It is also advisable to wash fruits and vegetables only with water that has been heated beforehand. Only boiled tap water should also be used for brushing teeth or for medical purposes, e.g. for cleaning wounds. As has been announced, this decoction is in force until further notice. The city of Delmenhorst stated that it would inform the population as soon as the drinking water was perfect again.

Water is disinfected with chlorine Stadtwerke has already started to disinfect the water with a choir. This should continue until the end of the month. According to the SWD, this is purely precautionary. It was communicated that the chlorination should ensure "that no pollution can get into the entire drinking water network". The amount of chlorine added is so small that there are no health risks to fear. However, the water may have the smell typical of chlorine.

"Minor microbiological contamination" Already last Thursday, "minor microbiological contamination" had been discovered. It is now clear that the germs came into the consumer network via a drinking water well. And was due to an "agricultural pollution", as the SWD announced. The fountain near the waterworks has now been shut down. Drinking water contaminated with E-coli bacteria is unfortunately not uncommon. Only in September last year was a corresponding contamination reported from the Rhineland-Palatinate city of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler and the municipality of Grafschaft. (ad)

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