Is Lake Garda’s Water Clean?
Sometimes I get asked about the Lake Garda water quality, to be honest usually from Italians, foreign visitors seem more trusting that it’s as clean and fresh as it looks and feels. Anyway, a recent article by the Giornale di Brescia
‘s Summer Garda magazine, proved just how clean the waters of Lake Garda are and that it really is one of the finest bodies of water for swimming and recreation.
“Clear blue and most importantly, clean waters. In the run up to a new season of dips and dives, Lake Garda is presenting it’s bathing waters in an excellent state of health, free from any kind of pollution and therefore perfect for taking a swim or enjoying a few challenging hours with water sports.
What is more, the good health of Lake Garda was not certified by tour operators, but by results of regular analyses carried out by the local health authority of Brescia (ASL), which performs checks every 15 days during the bathing season (the checks are carried out on a monthly basis throughout the rest of the year), by sampling water in 55 monitoring points along the entire shoreline of the Brescia area of Lake Garda.
The water samples taken are then examined in the public health laboratory of the same ASL, in order to guarantee unquestionable certification for residents and tourists. The legislation established 1 May as the start of the bathing season and the end of September as the end, and news of the quality of bathing water is therefore published in these three months. You can access the official list of all the beaches monitored as they are listed in the Municipalities, where they are found by going to the ASL website, aslbrescia.it, and clicking on the banner ‘Balenazione laghi‘ – Bathing in the lakes. There you can see the hygiene-health score for each place, ie fit for bathing/not fit for bathing.
The samples are taken close to the shore in the ways provided by the law. Visual examination is performed on the transparency of the water, chemical-physical analyses measuring PH and dissolved oxygen, microbiological analyses on bacteria present and micro algae monitoring. The bathing waters are literally passed before a microscope to safeguard the health of the residents and millions of tourists who stay around Garda every summer. You can enjoy the waters of the lake as you prefer, by swimming, diving, taking a dpi, sailing, surfing, rowing water skiing ….