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Reservoir Safety. Review of our approach to Swimming Requests Paul Phillips Catchment Manager (North). Individual challenge. Large triathlon events. Summer days. The need for a clear policy. Fatalities and injuries in 2008 – our role as a responsible business

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reservoir safety

Reservoir Safety

Review of our approach to Swimming Requests

Paul Phillips Catchment Manager (North)

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Individual challenge

Large triathlon events

Summer days

the need for a clear policy
The need for a clear policy

Fatalities and injuries in 2008 – our role as a responsible business

Recent inconsistencies – some High profile events allowed leading to raised expectation of applicants

Renewed interest in wild swimming - more requests

An opportunity to offer some venues and facilities ?

the risks
The Risks
  • Biological – affecting water quality
  • Biological – affecting swimmers
  • Physical – affecting swimmers and rescuers
  • Corporate responsibility and the mixed message if we allow events
summary of our recommendation to the business following internal consultation
Summary of our recommendation to the business following internal consultation
  • Continue to proactively disallow general access to swimmers and bathers
  • Make Three reservoirs available for well managed events where the access, size and facilities are suitable and there is a Catchment team in the location – Thirlmere, Rivington and Torside
  • Establish terms and conditions
  • Integrate the into our access / charging policy
summary of early responses from the business
Summary of early responses from the business
  • Findings and recommendations presented to Reservoir safety group, Treatment Managers and Operations board and considered more carefully by Legal and corporate responsibility section
  • Biggest concern still focussed on mixed messages
  • A willingness to consider very high profile swimming events only
  • A request for options which encapsulate what constitutes the high profile events to allow a final recommendation
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