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June, 2005 - Nr. 6


The Editor
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EU! Meet the Europeans
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Kumar liest Kumar
Festival of Chefs
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Ham Se det jehört?
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TSO & Soulful Strains
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TSO & Star Wars
Canadian Opera Company
National Ballet of Canada
Academy of the Arts
15th Wine Auction
Eurovision Song Contest
The "Grandpa Gang"
Gärten für Deutschsprachige
Invitation to Dancers
Parenthood on a Low
New Arena Dazzles
Celebrations in Praise
Rare Books Returned
Common German Words
Potsdam Pool Designed
Water Got Cleaner
100 Millionth Volkswagen

Water in Germany clean and clear

  TWIG - Germany’s lakes, rivers, and oceans are cleaner than ever, according to a 2004 report by the EU Commission on the quality of water. The report is the first major report on water quality to be issued that includes figures from the ten new EU member states.

Germany’s northern coast, 98.7% of the country’s beaches met EU water quality requirements. In its inland waterways, including rivers and lakes, that figure was 95.1%.

The country’s much loved lake-goers can bask in the quality of Germany’s inland waters, 91.3% of which meet the strictest EU guidelines for lakes, up from 82.7% last year. Only 0.3% of Germany’s lakes were deemed unsuitable for swimmers.

According to the report, the worst water is found in Slovakia, where 43.2% of the beaches, rivers and lakes fall short of EU requirements. In western Europe, Italy fared poorly, with a failure rate of 31.5%.

Overall, EU water quality decreased slightly with the addition of the ten new member states that joined the European Union in May, 2004, signalling that there is still much to do to get the new member states up to speed with regard to environmental concerns.

The European Commission lists the quality of water as one of the most important and most direct environmental factors affecting all Europeans.
Republished with permission from "The Week in Germany"


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