Half-full dams a danger
BANANA residents are encouraged to be aware of increased recreational safety risks of lower-level dams.
Nine dams across regional Queensland, the majority of which are popular for recreational use, have water levels below 50 per cent.
Dr Anthony Lynham said caution should always be exercised when using dams, lakes and weirs recreationally, with the risk of exposed and submerged hazards, shallow water and blue-green algae increasing as dam levels drop.
“These risks are real and should be top-of-mind for recreational dam users ahead of the summer holiday period and as drought conditions continue across much of the state,” Dr Lynham said.
“Whether a dam or weir is full, half-full or empty, exposed and submerged hazards, including tree stumps, pipes and rocks, are always present.”
Regional Queenslanders can check local dam levels, safety alerts and key information about recreational areas on the SunWater app and the SunWater website: www.sunwater.com.au.