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Bathing water quality monitoring

Bathing water is any section of surface water in which the competent authority expects a large number of bathers and for which it has not issued a permanent bathing ban or does not permanently advise against bathing.

On the website of the Bathing Water Atlas Lower Saxony you will find information on all around 270 bathing waters in Lower Saxony.

During the official bathing season from 15 May to 15 September, the municipal health authorities will check whether the water in a bathing water is safe for health. The water samples are mainly examined for bacteria (E. coli and intestinal enterococci). These bacteria are not normally pathogens, even in the course of the year. However, they may indicate fecal contamination and that there may be specific pathogens in the water (indicator principle). If the limit values set out in the Lower Saxony Bathing Water Regulation (BadegewVO) are exceeded, a bathing ban will be imposed.

On the basis of the monitoring results of the last four bathing seasons, each bathing water is classified as 'excellent', 'good', 'sufficient' or 'inadequate'.

Extensive water-specific information, including images, maps and descriptions of the infrastructure, has been compiled for the public by competent authorities as part of the preparation of bathing water profiles. These can be found in the Bathing Water Atlas lower Saxony.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district and the county-free city.

Which documents are required?

Documents may be required. Please contact the appropriate body.

What are the fees?

Information from the Bathing Water Atlas via the Internet is free of charge.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the appropriate body.

What else should I know?

Citizen participation to be classified as an EU bathing water

If you have a concern about a particular bathing site which is not designated as an EU bathing water and is therefore not monitored by the competent authorities in a hygienic way, you can contact the appropriate body.
In addition, you have the opportunity to make suggestions, make suggestions or make comments and complaints.

Detailed information on citizen participation as well as a form for downloading and filling in can be found on the website of the Bathing Water Atlas lower Saxony


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Gesundheit

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.