Gut germs: The bathing ban at the Maschsee lido in Hanover continues
Bathing is also prohibited at the Maschsee lido in Hanover. Authorities had taken several water samples over the past week and tested them for germs in the laboratory. The experts identified dangerous bacteria that could harm children, especially children and immunocompromised people. According to an official from the Hanover region, the samples "still exceed the mean". However, the intestinal germ load "decreased significantly". Nevertheless, a bathing ban on the Hanoverian Maschsee remains.
The "noticeable decline" could be caused by the wind, "which pushed clean water towards the lido, but on the other hand it could be due to the heavy rainfall of the past few days, which thinned the water," said spokesman Nils Meyer from the Hanover region . However, this is a first guess, because no clear cause has been proven. A good seven days ago, health authorities had banned bathing for the first time. The Maschsee lido has been closed since then. "Right now, when the beautiful summer days begin, the bathing ban is a drama".
Wild geese responsible for intestinal germs in the water The region has now been able to determine the limit violation of water quality. The experts had taken water samples from the Maschsee, which is popular in Hanover. They found that most of the samples were "mostly of good water quality", as the head of the agency, Jens Pohl, explained. Therefore, a ban on upcoming swimming events during the Maschsee Festival or the planned triathlon could not be issued at this time. The authorities therefore blame goose excretions for the bacterial contamination at the lido. The operator of the “Aspria” swimming pool had reported that over 200 wild geese settle and rest on the water and on the lawn every evening. "The geese would find good feeding conditions on the lawn," explained the official veterinarian of the city of Hanover, Dr. Gabriele Doil. The managing director of the operator Aspria, Thomas Strohmeyer, reported that the employees had to spend a few hours "to remove the goose droppings from the lawns" so that the lying areas can be used again.
To get the problem under control, the authorities and the operator want to work more closely together. So-called "scaring measures" should help to prevent wild geese from settling in the evening. They propose to install water sprinkler systems on the lawn in order to make the animals' stay as unpleasant as possible. "Aspria" and the city of Hanover want to work out further tactics to drive the geese away in the next few days. However, only human techniques should be used. Killing the animals by poisoning until the end of the closed season in July is out of the question for both sides. Visitors to the lake are advised not to feed the wild geese. This would encourage further wildlife attraction.
No Maschsee bathing ban has been issued for ten years. Furthermore, visitors to the lake are asked to take the bathing ban seriously as there is a risk of dangerous infectious diseases. The germs can lead to severe gastrointestinal disorders and cause symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. (sb)
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