Easter holiday makers urged to play it safe on the water

04 Apr 2014

Boaties, anglers and campers heading to Queensland’s popular dams for the Easter break will find they now have plenty of water on offer thanks to heavy rainfall over recent weeks.

SunWater General Manager, Bulk Water and Irrigation Systems, Tom Vanderbyl encouraged people to take time out to enjoy their local waterway, but urged them to use caution and be aware of the risks.

"We recognise that our dams are popular places for holidaymakers to visit during the Easter break, however, we urge everyone to use general commonsense to play it safe on the water," Mr Vanderbyl said.

"Boaties need to keep well clear of swimmers, only tow skiers in deeper areas of the lake and never venture too close to dam and weir walls.

"Campers and holiday makers are also advised to check SunWater’s website before setting off, to ensure their preferred regional dam’s recreational area meets their holiday needs."

SunWater’s dam safety tips:

  • Observe all signage – they contain important information about the water, potential hazards and BGA (Blue-Green Algae) levels.
  • Do not swim, ski or operate watercraft while intoxicated – look out for your mates.
  • Check for potential risks or hazards entering the water including rocks and stumps near the shoreline.
  • Know your own swimming abilities – swim safely and keep away from stumped areas that may contain lake debris.
  • If operating a boat, keep clear of swimmers and only tow skiers in deeper areas of the lake away from dam and weir walls.
  • Use your commonsense, and remain alert and aware of your surroundings.

For more information, view current storage levels and dam recreational facilities on SunWater’s website, or call 13 15 89.

 

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