With a hot weekend predicted and the school holidays start, Severn Trent warns people not to swim in its reservoirs

Thursday 30th July 2020

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

Since reopening it’s sites again in June, the company has introduced a number of measures to keep visitors as safe as possible across its sites, including closing some footpath and introducing one-way systems and social distancing. Now, the company wants to remind anyone visiting to resist the urge to cool off in the water, to avoid getting into any difficulty. 

Dan Taberner, Visitor Experience Manager at Severn Trent, said: “We want everyone to enjoy the lovely weather this weekend 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 areas safe to swim, so we really do need everyone to keep out of the water.”

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.

“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.”

Severn Trent is encouraging people to check which measures are in place before travelling to any of its sites, and to be willing to turn around if the site has had to close due to becoming too full.

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