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Signposting parents / carers to advice and information about reservoir safety from United Utilities.

Stay safe at our reservoirs. We want to keep all visitors to our recreational sites safe, and with over 150 reservoirs across the North West, it’s vital to spread the message that reservoirs are beautiful – but deadly.

Reservoirs can be extremely dangerous, and are not the place for swimming even on the warmest of days. Here, we have some useful information for parents, teachers, and young people to spread awareness of our water safety messaging.

  • Deep water and steep sides make it difficult to get out, and hidden machinery can be a hazard
  • Remote locations mean It may be difficult for emergency services to help anyone in trouble
  • Strong currents can be caused by machinery under the water
  • Cold water shock can take your breath away and lead to panic, as the water is extremely cold

Paul Philips, Northern Catchment Manager, at United Utilities tells the real life story of when a young boy drowned in front of his family at Thirlmere Reservoir. He urges everyone to warn their family and friends of the dangers of swimming in reservoirs.

The leaflet below contains information and videos to educate teenagers about the hazards of reservoir swimming.

Stay Safe Reservoir Safety Information


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