Seqwater has launched a new weir safety campaign warning the community about the dangers of swimming in weirs and fast flowing water.
The weir safety campaign, with the new slogan ‘Don’t get sucked in’, urges the public, especially young people, to be aware of the potentially fatal consequences of swimming in weirs and flooded waterways.
The campaign is an important element of drowning prevention and education, and the launch’s timing is particularly pertinent in the lead up to summer and the wet season.
The facts are that it only takes ankle deep water to knock you off your feet, and only 60 seconds to drown – not even enough time for someone to call triple zero.
Educating young people to ‘rethink’ their behaviour is vital to preventing future drowning tragedies in weirs.
Seqwater is responsible for 47 weirs along with 26 dams and 46 operational water treatment plants across South East Queensland.