Blue algae have dissipated at a number of swimming spots across the province of Drenthe, making it safe again for swimmers to take the plunge.
Translation by Traci White
Water conditions were deemed safe for swimmers at Hunzedal in Borger, the Bargerhoek and Parc Sandur at the Grote Reitplas in Emmen. Evaluations carried out by the local water authorities determined that the concentration of blue algae has declined enough for the swimming ban to be called off.
That is not the case for several other swimming spots in the province, however. At the Ruimzicht location on the Grote Rietplas, swimmers are still advised to avoid the water due to high concentrations of dangerous bacteria. The bacteria, unlike the blue algae, is invisible to the naked eye, and can cause serious gastrointestinal distress if ingested.
More information about current water conditions at swimming spots across the region is available at www.zwemwater.nl