publishedJuly 30, 2022 at 7:15 p.m
water qualityFaecal bacteria – 4 Swiss lidos also appeared in the water test
Contamination by faecal bacteria, as is currently the case on Italy’s Adriatic coast, is rare in Swiss lakes. Four bathing resorts in western Switzerland are the exception.
A study by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that most Swiss lakes and rivers have very good water quality overall.
Only 2.1 percent of the 189 locations analyzed were classified as poor – three on Lake Neuchâtel and one on Lake Geneva.
Because of an unusually high concentration of faecal bacteria on the east coast of Italy, the authorities recently issued bathing bans on several beaches. Anyone who bathes in Switzerland usually has nothing to worry about: A report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that 82.5 percent of the locations analyzed in 2021 are of excellent quality.
However, one is not immune to faecal bacteria everywhere: of the 189 bathing areas examined, four were classified as unsatisfactory: on Lake Geneva in Dorigny between Lausanne and St-Sulpice, at Camping Les Grangettes near Villeneuve and in Coulet near St-Prex. Faecal bacteria, among other things, were also detected on Lake Neuchâtel near Clendy near Yverdon-Les Bains.
Switzerland in the upper midfield
The Vaud authorities have less strict criteria and speak of “medium water quality”. Among other things, they attribute the results to the floods last summer “24 hours” (Pay item) reported. Coulet beach, for example, is close to an old sewage treatment plant. According to the municipality, it overflows when there are many storms.
The European Environment Agency, which is based in Copenhagen, analyzed 21,859 bodies of water in 27 EU countries as well as in Albania and Switzerland for the annual report.
In a European comparison, Switzerland is in the upper midfield with its balance sheet. Austria took the top spot with 98 percent of bathing resorts with excellent quality, followed by Malta and Greece. Around 95 percent of European waters met the EU minimum standards and a total of around 85 percent were classified as excellent.