Swimming has been banned on a beach in the north of Luxembourg
Swimmers are being urged to avoid bathing on a beach on the Upper Sûre lake after an outbreak of blue algae was reported.
In a press release published on Friday 18 August, the water management administration said there was a large concentration of cyanobacteria by Rommwiss beach, near Baschleiden.
Tests show that the bacteria could produce toxins that are harmful to human and animal health.
People are urged to avoid all contact with the water in this part of the lake, to prevent any pets from drinking from it and to not consume fish caught there.
Drinking water is drawn from the lake however, the press release said that there was no risk of the bacteria entering the drinking water cycle since water is taken at a depth of 25 metres where concentrations of the bacteria are low. Furthermore, the water is treated to remove toxins from such bacteria.
Anyone who suffers health problems after swimming in this area should contact their doctor. There are no restrictions on other official beaches on the lake or at the lakes in Weiswampach and Remerschen.
It should be noted that the public bathing season was extended by one month this year. Normally, the season ends on 31 August, but this year it will close on 30 September. During this extended period, the quality of the water will be regularly checked, the press release said.
You can check the water analysis by visiting the website www.waasser.lu