With temperatures continuing to soar, Severn Trent is reminding people to stay safe and keep out of the water at all times across 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.
Dominic Robinson, Visitor Experience Lead at Severn Trent says: “We want everyone to safely enjoy this lovely weather we’re having, which is why it’s so important that people keep safe and stay out of the water at our visitor sites.
“Some of our sites are still closed, but regardless if the site is open or not, no one should ever be going into the water as it’s just so dangerous.”
Severn Trent, the UK’s second biggest water company, has recently reopened some of its smaller visitor sites, after closing to help limit the spread of coronavirus and says larger sites will open only when safe to do so in the coming weeks.
The company says that since the opening of some sites, it’s already had to stop people from jumping in the water who were looking to cool off.
“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 to swim in.”
Severn Trent also advises visitors to be keep away from the water due to the naturally occurring blue-algae that forms on open water, especially in hot weather. Every site has clear signs about its dangers, so even more reason for people to keep themselves, and even dogs away from the water.
The company 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,” adds Dominic “If you go into any of our reservoirs, you will in no doubt end up in serious trouble, and unlike beaches and swimming pools – there are no lifeguards to help you, so please don’t attempt it.”