Stay safe around dams, BC Hydro urges

Living in a city surrounded by rivers is great for water enthusiasts, but BC Hydro is urging people to take caution when recreating around the dams this summer.

Living in a city surrounded by rivers is great for water enthusiasts, but BC Hydro is urging people to take caution when recreating around the dams this summer.

“Sudden adjustments in water flows from hydroelectric facilities can occur without warning and cause strong surface currents and undercurrents in the vicinity of the intake structures and the downstream plant outlets,” Mary Anne Coules of BC Hydro said. “Entering the water, whether for swimming, boating or other recreational activities, is extremely dangerous.”

She advises people to read warning signs and stay away from BC Hydro operating areas and structures.

“Reservoir water levels can rise or fall daily in response to the demand for electrical production,” Coules said.

“A hydroelectric reservoir can be an enjoyable recreation destination, provided safety precautions are observed.”