AFTER a mild spring, the weather is heating up with MIA communities reminded channels are no place to beat the heat.
To launch its 2021-22 channel safety campaign Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) have released a new animated video.
MI chief executive officer, Brett Jones, said MI values community safety around water.
"Over 80 per cent of major channels across the MIA now automated, regulator gates are controlled remotely meaning flows and conditions can change quickly," he said.
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"Regulator gates can open without notice and create a trap, while siphons and pipes can create powerful suction or a water surge."
"Also, channel lining projects over the past decade, including fencing, have significantly changed channel conditions in these areas.
"The high-density polyethylene lined channels are very slippery compared to the old earthen or concrete sections."
MI advises to never swim in channels no matter how safe people may think they are.
If you are fishing in channels, do so from a safe location. This includes staying away from roads, keeping out of the water and well clear of the edge.
Mr Jones also urged residents to take particular care of children around water hazards.
"Swimming or playing in irrigation channels is discouraged for good reasons," he said.
"They may appear to be a tempting place to cool off on a hot day but it's simply not worth the risk. There are many hidden dangers that make irrigation channels a treacherous place to swim including strong undercurrents, varying channel depths, snakes and submerged objects."
MIA residents are advised to make use of safer alternatives for swimming such as local public pools and to make sure children are taught early how to swim.
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