Old Minds in Eschwege is the river in Hesse that is most laden with multi-drug resistant germs.
Eschwege – This was revealed by a study commissioned by Hessischer Rundfunk. The old swamp belongs to one of the so-called hotspots in Hesse near Lahn and was the most polluted river of this investigation. Anyone who becomes infected with the germs there, who in case of doubt does not help even a spare antibiotic, has been identified by scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
The old conduits separate from the Niederhof from the estuary and flow only through the Eschweger district, past the central drainage plant and flow into Jestädt in Werra. Samples were taken in May 150 meters downstream of the wastewater treatment plant.
The head of the investigation, Professor Thomas Schwartz of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, explains the high bacterial load by introducing antibiotics into the wastewater of animal feeders, slaughterhouses, spiders and nursing homes. Through the wastewater, antibiotics reach the sewage system and from there back into the rivers.
A big burden on the wells lies in the fact that the wastewater treatment plant does not filter those substances, says Michael Draeger, spokesman for Hessischer Rundfunk. But that was not the task of the wastewater treatment plant. "They comply with all legal provisions."
Stephan Bauer, Head of the Eschweger Wastewater Treatment Plant, knows the human resources study and now wants to draw conclusions. On the one hand, it wants to protect 19 employees, on the other, to ensure that less multi-resistant germs enter the rivers. "Therefore, contaminated wastewater must be disinfected where it is produced," Bauer says. Now the sources must be located.
For healthy people, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency does not see a higher risk of infection when swimming in these waters. But if you have immunodeficiencies or open wounds, for example, or have been taking antibiotics for a long time, you should refrain from bathing better, authorities say.
Eleven water bodies were tested
At the end of May, a total of eleven samples were taken in the waters of Hesse, including the rivers Nidda, Lahn, Main, Fulda, Gersprenz, Alte Wehre in the Eschwege and Diemelsee rivers. All sites were located near hospitals, wastewater treatment plants or animal farms.