As the weather gets warmer and the school holidays start, Severn Trent warns people not to swim in its reservoirs

22 July 2019

With the school holidays starting and the weather getting warmer, Severn Trent is reminding everyone to stay safe and to keep out of the water across all its visitor sites.

The company has 12 visitor sites across its patch, all of which have a variety of attractions for visitors, from walking and cycle paths to fishing and picnic facilities. All also have reservoirs as a backdrop which may prove tempting to people wanting to cool off as temperatures rise.

Dan Taberner, Visitor Experience Manager at Severn Trent, said: “We want everyone to enjoy the lovely weather which is why it’s so important for everyone to keep safe at our sites, and that includes staying out of the water.

“Although our reservoirs look tempting when it’s hot, the fact is they’re extremely dangerous. On the surface they look calm and steady but, underneath, the water is extremely deep with incredibly strong currents that even the most experienced swimmer would struggle with.

“On top of that, we don’t have lifeguards or safe swimming areas, so we really do need everyone to keep out of the water.”

Severn Trent says all its reservoirs are built with the sole purpose of supplying water to its customers across its entire region, and not for swimming.

“Not only are our reservoirs really deep, they’re also extremely cold,” said Dan.

“If you go into any of our reservoirs, you might end up in serious trouble, and, unlike beaches and swimming pools, there are no lifeguards to help you, so please don’t take the risk.”

More details about Severn Trent’s visitor sites are available here.