PROSPECTS will share public safety information in relation to keeping safe when you are out and about in public spaces and the countryside. Some of these have already been shared via social media but we believe it is important to repeat them here. Please share the information especially with children and young people. Most reservoirs and rivers, whilst being close to public footpaths and bridleways, are on private land so please do not trespass!
Stay Safe when near reservoirs – https://www.unitedutilities.com/about-us/recreation-sites/reservoir-safety/
Is your river fit to swim in? – There are some areas in Hyndburn which are not fit for swimming and should be avoided. An example is the Hyndburn near the old paper mill in Rishton, which is on private land, and warnings about this location have already been issued and water tests are currently being carried out.
There is no public health monitoring of river water quality in the UK. There are pathogens (bacteria or viruses) in rivers which can cause illnesses. These can come from agricultural pollutions, discharges from badly connected household appliances and hidden septic tanks etc. Therefore, we can never be 100% sure that a location is safe for swimming or recreational access.
The Rivers Trust https://www.theriverstrust.org/2019/07/24/river-safety-routine/
Water Safety for Kids – https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/explorers/water-safety
YouTube video – Water Contamination – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om42Lppkd9w