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CSU Minister Herrmann defends himself against drinking water allegations: "Cheap polemic propaganda"


Minister of State Florian Herrmann counters the criticism from Hörgertshausen's Mayor Michael Hobmaier. This sees Bavaria's drinking water supply in danger.

Minister of State Florian Herrmann counters the criticism from Hörgertshausen's Mayor Michael Hobmaier.

This sees Bavaria's drinking water supply in danger.


– "Mayor Michael Hobmaier spreads outrageous nonsense when he tells wildly fantasized things about water protection and water supply and claims that 'the CSU' or 'the CSU government' want, in connection with the new version of the state development program, 'the Soften drinking water protection'.

The opposite is correct.” With these pithy words begins a statement by CSU Minister of State Florian Herrmann – in response to corresponding statements by Hörgertshausen’s local chief and chairman of the local water association Michael Hobmaier.

In the Freisinger Tagblatt, he had warned in a drastic tone that a CSU initiative would endanger the supply of drinking water in the Free State.

And meanwhile he is not alone with his criticism (

see last paragraph



Michael Hobmaier (FW) sees the supply of Bavaria with drinking water in danger.

© Christian Schranner/private

As Herrmann explains in his letter, "water protection is of great importance" when updating the state development program (LEP).

The changes and additions in Chapter 7.2 Water Management would form a clear focus of the changes to the LEP compared to the current version.

"The changes that the government factions - including the Free Voters, to which Mr. Hobmaier himself belongs - have introduced into the process are the result of a social discussion and represent a compromise between the various interests." They would neither one nor the other implement the maximum requirement.

Herrmann: "The amendments he mentioned do not in any way call into question the protection of the water."


Florian Herrmann (CSU) speaks of Michael Hobmaier's "fictitious horror scenarios".

© Matthias Balk/dpa

According to the Minister of State, the amendments were made exclusively against the background of a necessary clarification with regard to ensuring the basic supply of the population and the conversion of the energy supply, for example in the field of geothermal energy.

"The three amendments make it clear that 1. groundwater should be used in particular for drinking water supply, 2. deep groundwater should be particularly protected and 3. important drinking water deposits protected by water protection areas or priority areas should be preserved for future use."

Businesses and agriculture also “serve the basic supply”

According to Florian Herrmann, however, it should be noted that “in addition to the undisputedly very important pipe-bound supply of drinking water to the population, the pipe-independent beverage and food industry and the irrigation of agricultural crops also serve this basic supply”.

The supply of drinking and process water is a complex and serious issue in which numerous conflicting goals need to be resolved, especially in times of climate change and scarce water resources.

"Securing long-term water protection and water supply for all of Bavaria is our top priority!" Herrmann said in the statement.

This is a generational task.

“Water is the basis of all life.

At the same time, heavy rain and flash floods are affecting our settlement areas and agriculture.”

(By the way: everything from the region is now also available in our regular Freising newsletter.)

The Bavarian state government has recognized this problem and has therefore updated the existing regulations of the LEP, “so that future-oriented, spatial planning-relevant topics such as climate, water and agricultural protection are literally given more space”.

Herrmann: "Almost irresponsible"

At the end of the letter, which was also co-signed by the parliamentary group leader of the CSU district parliamentary group, Manuel Mück, and the managing director of the CSU regional parliamentary group, Gregor Wild, Florian Herrmann once again directed a rebuke in the direction of the mayor of Hörgertshausen and head of the water association: "Clumsy emotionalization and cheap polemical mood-mongering through fictitious horror scenarios in the style of Hobmaier don't do it justice.

You are downright irresponsible!”

However, Michael Hobmaier is by far not the only water officer who warns of the government's request: The requests from the CSU and Freie Wahlern are also putting other municipal specialists on the alert - such as Franz Rauch.

The managing director of the Freising-Süd water supply group and deputy chairman of the association of municipal companies in Bavaria describes the possible consequences of the applications as a "disaster".

They would endanger the local water supply in Bavaria.


You can find more current news from the district of Freising at

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2023-03-23

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