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Tuesday, 2 July, 2002, 08:01 GMT 09:01 UK
Warning over reservoir dangers
Reservoir
Hidden dangers lurk beneath the surface of reservoirs
People in south west Wales are being warned not to be tempted to use reservoirs as swimming pools.

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is alerting would-be bathers to the dangers of trying to cool off in their lakes during the summer months.


A reservoir may appear to be an ideal place to cool off on a hot summer's day, but that could be a big mistake

Jeff Morgan, Dwr Cymru

It says there are hidden dangers at reservoirs which could prove fatal to children and even the strongest of swimmers.

Parents are being asked to ensure their children keep out of the lakes during the coming school holidays.

Jeff Morgan, Dwr Cymru's Environment and Education Manager, said :"A reservoir may appear to be an ideal place to cool off on a hot summer's day, but that could be a big mistake.

"Automatic equipment located under the surface of the water can operate without warning.

"Also, the very cold and deep water can cause strong swimmers to get into difficulty very easily.

"To make things even riskier, most of our reservoirs are in remote locations and so the chances of rescue are much reduced."

Mr Morgan added: "With schools the breaking up for the summer holidays soon, we are especially anxious parents keep their children away from the reservoirs.

"The message is 'Stay safe - Keep Out'."

Popular

Dwr Cymru has more than 800 reservoirs in its area.

They not only provide drinking water but are also popular tourist destinations.

The Lliw Valley reservoirs, in Velindre near Swansea, features walks and picnic sites.

A trail and cycle path encompasses Llys y Fran in Pembrokeshire which also has a caravan park on its shores.

The largest reservoir in the region is Llyn Brianne in Carmarthenshire which attracts thousands of people each year.


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