In Brief: Water quality at Berlin’s 39 bathing sites deemed ‘excellent’

The water at all 39 of the official bathing sites in Berlin is of excellent quality, said Berlin Senator for Health, Care and Equality Dilek Kalayci. In other news, the Berliner Morgenpost reports the Gewerkschaft der Polizei, or police union, is calling for people to wear helmets when operating e-scooters.

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Berlin Senator for Health, Care and Equality Dilek Kalayci announced Wednesday the water at all 39 of the official bathing sites in Berlin is of excellent quality.

Every two weeks from May 15 through September 15, water quality is checked by the Berlin-Brandenburg State Laboratory.

The results of the water sampling can be found online. Green means the site is suitable for bathing, orange means it’s not recommended, and red means it’s forbidden.

Right now all the official bathing sites in Berlin are marked on the map in green.

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The Berliner Morgenpost reports the Gewerkschaft der Polizei, or police union, is calling for people to wear helmets when operating e-scooters.

The union’s vice president Michael Mertens says otherwise he fears an increase in the number of injuries, or possibly even deaths.

He also suggested infrastructure needs to be in place to get pedestrians, cyclists, and e-scooter drivers out of harm’s way in road traffic.

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A new indoor surfing facility is set to open in Lichtenberg, on Landsberger Allee.

It’s currently under construction, but the Wellenwerk complex will be able to create waves up to 1.60 meters high.

Co-founder and marketing head Julius Niehus says the idea stems from a group of Berlin-born friends who love surfing and want to give landlocked Berliners a chance to surf in the city.

“With this technology we are able to have an 8-year-old all the way to an 80-year-old experiencing the feeling of gliding over water in a matter of minutes. And this is something that has never happened before or never existed before,” Niehus said.

Niehus told KCRW Berlin the new facility will have capacity for more than 150 surfers a day and space for several hundred more visitors to watch surfers catch waves.

“We are not trying to replace the ocean waves, but we rather want to start basically something new, right?” Niehus said. “It can allow you to execute the sport that you like so much and you can get better and you can train.”

Wellenwerk is scheduled to open in August.

 

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