Swimming in reservoirs is not allowed, stay out!
We do not send this message as we want to ruin people’s fun throughout the summer, when visiting our reservoirs.
We send this message because reservoirs are unsafe places to enter for any reasons, from swimming, to floating in dinghies, to paddle boarding.
Already this summer we have seen several tragedies in open waters up and down the country.
Cold water shock is the biggest killer when people are entering open water and finding themselves in difficulties. The temperatures of reservoirs are extremely cold and once cold-water shock starts to take effect, there is nothing you can do.
Resistance of blood flow from the cold, gasping for breath from the temperature and your heart working harder to keep things going, all can lead to a heart attack or the taking in of water, resulting in you going under and not coming out.
Unlike lakes, reservoirs are man made structures, built with the purpose of pulling water out, to go to be treated, before arriving at your tap.
Beneath a reservoir service, this machinery can turn on at any time of the day and began to suck water out. Further up the reservoir, although you may not be close to the opening, the upstream suction has enough force to pull even the strongest swimmers under.
When visiting our Waterside Parks and reservoirs, please take notice of the signs, remember what you have read above and do not go in the water!