Even more trouble for Berlins infamous BER Airport as it was discovered that the fresh water supply for the airports passenger terminal is contaminated with E. Coli bacteria and passengers/staff were warned not to consume any of the tap water.
The airport is currently undergoing a complete cleansing of all pipes and will then conduct further tests on the water supply to ensure the tap water is safe for people to consume.
The contamination was discovered in Passenger Terminal 1 as well as the government terminal and according to media reports the airport management is advising everyone to not drink tap water.
The Berliner Zeitung reported that it can take several days to clear everything but there is no exact timeline when the issue might be resolved.
During a routine inspection at BER Airport, coliform bacteria were found, tweeted the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport Company. The water in all sanitary facilities at Terminal 1 should therefore not be drunk at the moment. The government terminal is also affected. The cause of the contamination with the faecal bacteria is unclear.
As an immediate measure, the lines in the affected terminal are flushed through. That will take several days, said a spokesman for the German press agency. Passengers are accordingly informed with announcements and information sheets. “The health department and drinking water providers are informed.”
Coliform bacteria occur both in the intestine and in nature. The germs can cause gastrointestinal diseases such as diarrhea or vomiting. In addition to the terminals, the Federal Police building and the ILA exhibition halls are also affected.
This was a recent notice per November 2, 2021 posted on Twitter and is the last update from the airport:
During routine sampling at #BER_T1, contamination (coliform bacteria) was found in the drinking water. The cause of the contamination is unclear. All pipes are currently being flushed. Health authorities and drinking water suppliers have been informed. pic.twitter.com/F0LSbc497W
— BER – Berlin Brandenburg Airport (@berlinairport) November 2, 2021
This was three days ago and according to their media channels no improvement has been made related to the water supply and disinfection of the pipes.
While not superstitious I really start to believe that this airport is cursed. Or maybe it’s a mixture between everything, a real universe of disasters.
Just a few weeks ago it turned out the airport is totally unprepared to handle regular passenger traffic during peak travel periods, even the reduced numbers during the pandemic:
It’s really unbelievable to think about all the things that have gone wrong at this airport, without any doubt one of the most embarrassing German developments in decades. The construction project has chewed out and disgraced countless politicians, managers, architects and last but not least German engineering as a whole.
During a routine inspection at BER Airport, fecal (coliform) bacteria were found in the airports water supply system affecting several terminals. People are advised to not consume any of the tap water until further notice.
The warning notice only extended to public washrooms though I can’t imagine that shops and the airport lounge facilities aren’t affected by this. After all it’s the same system that supplies all drinking water.