Water safety

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Our reservoirs may look inviting on a hot summer day, but by taking a dip or a paddle you could be risking your life.

Stay safe, stay out the water

Swimming and paddling in reservoirs is dangerous:

  • It is difficult to tell how deep the water is, and there are often sudden drops which cannot be seen.
  • Reservoirs can be very isolated so it takes time to get assistance if you get into trouble.
  • There may be hidden currents from our pipes and equipment.
  • There may be hidden obstacles below the water.
  • It may be difficult to get out. The sides can be very steep.
  • There may be blue green algae in the water, which can cause skin rashes and stomach upsets.
  • The water temperature is very cold, rarely reaching above 10 degrees even in summer.