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Water Safety - Respect Our Reservoirs

As part of the National Water Safety Campaign we are circulating the following message:

We have a huge favour to ask… If you’re planning on spending time at local beauty spots like lochs, rivers or reservoirs with friends and family over the Summer, please act responsibly and don’t take risks. 

Hidden Dangers

  • Reservoirs are deep and the water just below the surface is icy cold, even in summer. Cold water can send your body into shock in seconds. 
  • Reservoirs have strong water currents, which combined with the deep cold water can challenge even the strongest of swimmers. 
  • There could be hidden underwater obstacles – such as pipework or stone and concrete structures. If you dive in, you don’t know what you might hit. 
  • Steep, slippery banks can make it tricky to get back out of the water. 
  • You won’t find lifesaving equipment at reservoirs, so relying on someone else to save you could put their life in danger too. 
  • If you do get into trouble, mobile reception is patchy to often non-existent at many remote reservoir locations. So calling for help isn’t quick or easy. 
  • Some reservoirs have air curtains – millions of bubbles aerating the water to disperse potential impurities like algae. But these bubbles create negative buoyancy, so if you swam into this area, you would struggle to stay afloat. That goes for boats too. 

    The link below includes further safety information and advice from Scottish Water and also a harrowing film from Welsh Water which highlights the dangers of swimming in reservoirs. #StaySafe



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    Willie Clark
    (Neighbourhood Watch Scotland, NWS Co-ordinator, Scotland)

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