A professor conquers Germany’s longest river. He’s the third person ever to do so and manages it in record time: Andreas Fath swam the 1,231 km from the Rhine’s source in the Alps to its mouth. The chemist, who took river water samples along the way with his colleagues, was campaigning for more effective water pollution controls. His scientific analyses showed an alarming increase in microplastic particles and indicated high levels of medication, artificial sweeteners and drugs in our ecosystem.
Rhine Water is the gripping story of a great adventure – and an appeal for the more careful treatment of our most precious resource: so that we become more effective at conserving rivers, saving water and preventing antibiotics ending up in our food and drinking water.