Half-full dams a dan­ger

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

Wa­ter Min­is­ter

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.

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