Be Dam Safe this summer

20 Dec 2012

SunWater, the owner of 19 major dams and 63 weirs across regional Queensland, is appealing to the community to be aware of key safety pointers this holiday season.

Tom Vanderbyl, SunWater General Manager – People, Performance and Safety, said that it is important to note that if a dam, weir or barrage is overflowing, it is not safe to swim in.

"A number of SunWater dams are very full at the moment and there is every possibility that these could overflow in the event of heavy rain," Mr Vanderbyl said.

"An overflowing dam or weir can easily become a dangerous place: debris under the surface of the water can cause injury and increased water volume and pressure can force people underwater," he said.

Mr Vanderbyl also emphasised that people boating, fishing and swimming in dams should observe safety signage and stay within designated recreational areas.

"It is essential for these designated areas to be observed for everyone’s safety," he said.

"It’s also a good idea to check the SunWater website before setting off, to check water levels and to see if camping is allowed and if a camping permit is required.

Further information regarding SunWater dam levels and camping regulations is available on the SunWater website at:


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