Release Date: December 2014
Keep water safety top of mind this summer
Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) has launched its annual water safety campaign for channels and water storages, urging locals and visitors to be as vigilant around water as they would be around major roads and highways.
GMW Customer Operations General Manager Charlotte Bartrum-Terrill said GMW’s irrigation channels were designed to deliver water to the region’s farmers, not to swim or play in.
“The reality is, all channels and dams are potentially dangerous,” Ms Bartrum-Terrill said.
“Water levels and conditions can change without obvious signs or warning, resulting in serious
injuries or in the worst possible scenario, death.”
Ms Bartrum-Terrill said water storages, such as Lake Eildon, were popular places for visitors to
enjoy boating, skiing and swimming during summer.
“It is still important to understand the risks, check and adhere to boating speed restrictions and
for swimmers to avoid diving into unknown waters,” she said.
GMW encourages members of the community to swim at local public pools and adopt safe swimming practices at water storages.
For further information on water safety visit www.g-mwater.com.au or ww.watersafety.vic.gov.au
Media Contact: Fiona Lloyd
Unit: Marketing & Communications
Telephone: 03 5826 3521