Hydropower Stations Are Not Recreational Areas

OPG’s Chats Falls Generating Station Ottawa River (CNW Group/Ontario Power Generation Inc.)

TORONTOOct. 5, 2018 /CNW/ – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is reminding the public to stay away from hydropower stations and dams this Thanksgiving weekend.

“It’s extremely important to obey all warning signs, buoys, booms and barriers near our generating facilities,” said Mike Martelli, OPG President Renewable Generation. “Enjoy this Thanksgiving weekend, but remember to stay clear, stay safe when on or near Ontario’s waterways.  The water level can change quickly and change without notice.”

OPG operates 66 hydropower stations and 241 dams on 24 river systems in Ontario. Most of these facilities are remotely controlled. In certain conditions, water levels near OPG dams and stations will change without notice, making them unsafe areas for swimming, boating or fishing.

OPG recently launched a new water-safety campaign with a public service announcement featuring the harrowing tale of Dammy the Beaver. An avid angler, Dammy learns first-hand about the dangers of fishing near hydro dams and generating stations. His message to everyone tempted by the waters around such structures is to stay clear, stay safe, because your life may be at risk. The campaign has run all summer on major Ontario networks, and is part of a broader multimedia strategy, including print and online ads, promoting water safety around OPG’s dams and hydroelectric generating stations.

Learn more about water safety and OPG’s water safety campaign.

OPG generates safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power for Ontario. More than 99 per cent of this power is free of smog and carbon emissions. OPG’s power is priced 40 per cent lower than that of other generators, which helps moderate customer bills.

SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.

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