Several cities in the Ruhr area have called on their residents to boil drinking water. Bank filtrate from river water was adversely affected by the flood.
In several cities in the Ruhr area, residents are supposed to boil their drinking water because of the flood. ‘Serious changes in taste and smell are to be expected,’ the city announced on Thursday. Affected are the supply of Mülheim an der Ruhr (without Mintard), Ratingen-Breitscheid and parts of Oberhausen and Bottrop.
Due to the flood, the bank filtrate was affected by river water, it said in the message. The waterworks company therefore disinfects the water with ozone, UV light and chlorine ‘in extremely high concentrations’.
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The regional waterworks also provide instructions on how to boil water on their homepage. Drinking water should be boiled for at least three minutes. This is supposed to kill germs and the water is then harmless. However, the city explicitly points out the risk of scalding. You should let the boiling water cool down first.