Coli bacteria: tens of thousands are supposed to boil drinking water
In parts of Rhineland-Palatinate, drinking water is currently contaminated with bacteria. The reason for this is still unknown. Tens of thousands of people in the region are required to use only boiled water for drinking, eating and brushing their teeth.
Tens of thousands of residents to boil water As announced on Friday, drinking water in parts of the Rhineland-Palatinate city of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler and the municipality of Grafschaft are contaminated with E-coli bacteria. An end is not yet in sight. This was announced by the health department of the district of Ahrweiler. Tens of thousands of people in the affected region should therefore only use boiled water for drinking, for oral hygiene and for preparing food. Showering and bathing remain harmless.
Health risks from bacteria Another measure is that the water is chlorinated by the drinking water works. The reason for the contamination is still unclear. Samples were taken daily at 28 locations to clarify the cause of the bacterial attack. The bacteria called Escherichia coli (E. coli) 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. Drinking water contaminated with E-coli bacteria is unfortunately not uncommon; only a month ago, corresponding contamination was reported from the northern Altmark district of Salzwedel in Saxony-Anhalt. (ad)