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Intestinal bacteria in drinking water: The authorities will inform you tonight whether it is still necessary to boil drinking water in Erfurt and the surrounding area.

Intestinal bacteria in drinking water: The authorities will inform you tonight whether it is still necessary to boil drinking water in Erfurt and the surrounding area. The public utilities and health authorities in Erfurt are still in the dark. It is also unclear how the intestinal germs got into the drinking water. On Monday evening, the authorities want to announce whether the citizens of Erfurt and Sömmerda still have to boil the tap water before medical use or consumption.

At 3 p.m., a panel of experts from representatives of the health authorities, the state government and the Thuringian Waterworks will take place. "Then the health authorities decide whether the drinking water has to be boiled before consumption or not," explained Sandra Kühn, spokeswoman for the Thuringian water supply company. The municipal utilities have again submitted water samples to the authorities. On the basis of these samples, a decision should now be made as to whether the so-called boil-off requirement of tap water will continue to be maintained. However, there is a zero tolerance for coli bacteria. This means that all samples must be negative.

The cause of the contamination remains unclear
Kühn was unable to provide any information about the causes of the contamination in response to media inquiries. "We are still completely in the dark," said the spokeswoman. Technically everything is flawless. "There were no technical anomalies. We are investigating every clue, but the cause is still unclear."

Kühn is currently ruling out any further spread of coli bacteria. The addition of chlorine is currently so high that intestinal germs have no chance of spreading. The addition has been running for several days: "The chlorine itself is still in the water for quite a while," said the spokeswoman. Except for the special smell of water, consumers do not have to worry. In this concentration, chlorine is not a health hazard and the addition was made within the framework of the legal requirements and limit values, says Kühn.

Measurement errors are currently excluded
In the meantime there had been voices reporting possible measurement errors. Laboratory errors were rejected by the Institute for Water and Environmental Analysis. Nevertheless, water samples were taken from two other laboratories to ensure the results and to rule out measurement errors. In this context, Thüringer Wasser GmbH criticized the state government, which had taken part in the speculation in the media.

The health authorities had declared at the weekend that there had been no increased diarrhea and bowel diseases in the past few days. (sb)

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