Stay safe around dams, weirs and waterways these school holidays

18 Sep 2015

SunWater is urging holiday makers visiting dams and weirs to stay safe these school holidays.

SunWater General Manager Operations, Tom Vanderbyl, said SunWater’s dams and weirs throughout regional Queensland would see an increase in visitors during the holiday period as a destination for swimming, boating and fishing.

“We recognise our dams are popular places for friends and families to visit during the September break and we want everyone to enjoy our facilities safely,” Mr Vanderbyl said.

“All visitors should heed safety signage and remain in designated recreational areas, well away from dam and weir walls.

“Always read the signs near dams, weirs and waterways as they contain important information about potential hazards as well as information about Blue-Green Algae levels.

“Boaties need to keep well clear of swimmers and only tow skiers in deep areas that allow skiing.

“Remember submerged hazards such as old trees, stumps and rocks are always present regardless of water depths and they can cause serious injury so take care at all times.

“Know your own swimming abilities and make sure that you keep away from areas where the shoreline is steep or hazardous and avoid swimming in water where there are weeds or other lake debris.

“For some more important tips to keep in mind when visiting a dam or weir these school holidays, view the ‘Safety tips when visiting a dam’ brochure available on SunWater’s website.”

SunWater Service Delivery Manager Colin Bendall said swimming in irrigation channels was also strictly prohibited.

“Irrigation channels are not safe for swimming due to safety hazards including submerged pipe inlets, siphons, hidden currents and steep slopes,” Mr Bendall said.

“It only takes common sense to play it safe on the water and keep safe these school holidays.”

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