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Severn Trent urges visitors to keep safe by staying out of the water during heat wave at its visitor sites

Tuesday 26th June

With temperatures continuing to soar, Severn Trent is reminding people to stay safe and keep out of the water across all its visitor sites.

The company is urging visitors to resist the temptation to cool down in the water, as it could easily end in tragedy.

Tom Crawford, site supervisor at Severn Trent, says: “We want everyone to enjoy this lovely weather we’re having, which is why it’s so important for people to keep safe and stay out of the water at our visitor sites.

“Although our reservoirs look tempting and the ideal way to cool down, 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.”

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

The company has 12 visitor sites across its region, which covers The Midlands, The Peak District and into mid-Wales.

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

As well as encouraging its customers to be safe during the heatwave, Severn Trent is also advising people on the best ways to save water. The handy tips are available at https://www.stwater.co.uk/my-supply/hot-weather-tips, and they include:

o    Keeping hydrated

o    Take short showers instead of baths

o    Wash your car with a bucket and sponge

o    Leave the sprinklers off, lawns are great survivors and don’t need watering every day.

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