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Poulaphoca reservoir.
Poulaphoca reservoir.
Image: ESB Press Office.

'They're not normal lakes or rivers': ESB warns people against swimming in reservoirs

They said unusual flows of water and uneven ground can lead to dangers for swimmers.
May 29th 2018, 2:56 PM 29,942 23

THE ESB HAS warned people against swimming in its reservoirs due to the changing nature of the water in the man-made lakes.

Spokesperson Paul Hand said that due to the uneven ground, changing water levels and flows, the reservoirs represent a danger to swimmers.

“They are very different undertows and different flows of water and level as stations are switched on and off,” he told

“You’re not dealing with what would be a normal lake or river,” he warned.

He said they put signs alerting people to the danger, but that on hot days like this, many people choose to swim there.

The reservoirs in question include Poulaphoca and Golden Falls in Wicklow, Leixlip in Kildare, Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid in Cork, the Ardnacrusha headrace and tailrace canal in County Clare and Dunlewey Lough, Assaroe and Lough Nacung in County Donegal.

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