Overflowing dams not child's play

21 Dec 2010

SunWater representatives today appealed to the community and particularly young people to stay away from and not swim or play in or around overflowing dams, weirs and barrages.

This wet season has seen a large number of SunWater storages throughout Queensland fill and overflow. In some locations this has been an event that has not occurred for decades.

SunWater spokesperson, Olga Kakourakis, said an overflowing dam or weir can easily become a dangerous place and members of the public need to be aware of the dangers of swimming in and around overflowing dams, weirs and barrages.

“Fast flowing debris can cause injury or worse if struck, and increased water volume and pressure can force people underwater,” Ms Kakourakis said.

“Swimming around dams, weirs and barrages poses a very real risk for everyone and especially children, who sometimes don’t understand the dangers these places represent.

“It’s at this time of year that children are most likely to want to swim around these areas in order to cool off throughout the hotter months.

“Dams, weirs and barrages can be dangerous and unpredictable places. It is essential that visitors obey all signs and stay out of the water when they are overflowing or full to the crest and about to overflow.

“Many people fail to recognise the unpredictability and force of fast flowing water, and the only way to stay safe is to keep out,” Ms Kakourakis said.

SunWater is responsible for 19 major dams and 63 weirs and barrages across regional Queensland.

Further information regarding SunWater dam, weir and barrage levels is available on the SunWater website (Water Storage Levels).


Media Enquiries

Olga Kakourakis
Corporate Relations Manager
Phone +61 7 3120 0043
Mobile 0423 824 860
Email olga.kakourakis@sunwater.com.au

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