Šumava remains a controversial issue

ULRICH BERG / KIRCHDORF. "To give everyone access to safe drinking water", this is the aim of Johannes Pfaffenhuemer, General Manager of Water of Life, who justifies his plans for filling facilities. water in Ulrichsberg. However, AG Böhmerwaldwasser sees it as a "profit-oriented water sale" that she does not want to sit idly by.

Only one percent of water resources are available worldwide in the form of drinking water. In addition, this rare drinking water is also distributed in an extremely unequal way. "2.1 billion people do not have access to clean water, but this has been recognized as a human right by the United Nations General Assembly. Hospital beds are occupied by patients who have to be treated for impure water, "stresses Johannes Pfaffenhuemer. He has also been involved in water quality for health and prevention for over 30 years and has launched WASH (Water, Sanitation and Remediation) projects around the world. In addition, the entrepreneur from Kirchdorfer encourages innovative and decentralized bottling of water from Bag in the Box, so that "water retains its freshness and healthy ingredients when it reaches the population. ".

Careful handling

The planned plant filling and treatment of water in Ulrichsberg, which has now been approved by the State Administrative Court, contrary to the first decision of the Rohrbach District Council, provides for the careful treatment of approved water withdrawal quantities. "These must not negatively affect the water supply," says Pfaffenhuemer.

A lot of questions

But this is exactly what the critics of the project fear. For them, it is incomprehensible that at the time of the shortage of water and the hottest periods of drought since the history of the fair, the sale of strategic reserves in deep water to a private investor has been approved by the State. In no case should the public interest be placed behind commercial and for-profit private interests, "says Böhmerwaldwasser AG In addition, too many inconsistencies and open-ended questions have not yet been verified. For example, there is no commercial license for the sale of water or the approval of a water treatment plant in Ulrichsberg.Water sellers are in blatant contradiction with the national political confessions and interests of the Federation. "

Objection to judgment

The Böhmerwaldwasser AG wants to challenge the judgment in the administrative court and is convinced that "no deep water from the Šumava can be bottled so quickly". She is supported by politicians in the region who want to protect drinking water.