We generate electricity using the flow of water, this means that water levels and flows in the rivers, lakes and reservoirs around our dams and generating facilities can change rapidly without warning.
Hydro facilities turn on several times a day and move very large amounts of water; therefore, even if it appears to be safe at the time, approaching the inlet or outlet of a hydro generation plant is extremely dangerous.
You can ensure your visit and water activity is safe by respecting warning signs around Hydro facilities and following simple safety rules.
How to stay safe around hydro facilities
Some of the areas surrounding our Hydro facilities are used for various recreational activities, such as, swimming, boating, paddle boarding, hiking, fishing and camping. While these areas allow for enjoyable outdoor activities, they can also be dangerous if not used properly. Ensure your safety by respecting warning signs around Hydro facilities and following these simple safety rules.
- Obey all warning signs and keep out of restricted areas
- Stay outside of fenced areas, public safety booms and buoys
- Stay clear of generating facilities including dams, powerhouses, power lines and all electrical equipment
- Water levels and flows may change suddenly and without warning
- Supervise children at all times
- Obey the safety directions of all on-site hydro staff and park wardens
- Look before you leap – hazards can be concealed under the surface of the water
- Children and those who can’t swim should wear personal floatation devices (PFDs) while on the water
- Dress appropriately – many of our reservoirs are cold enough that if you get wet, you could get hypothermia or be otherwise harmed by exposure
- Practice safe boating at all times. Boaters and watercraft users must follow the guidelines and regulations set out by Transport Canada’s Offices of Boating Safety
- Be aware of where you are fishing – Fishing Regulations prohibit fishing by any means within 23 metres of dams and control structures.
Water Emergency Contact
In case of water related emergencies: Call 911 or the local RCMP detachment.
Local Emergency Contact
If you need to report an emergency or safety issue with one of our TransAlta hydro facilities: Call 1-877-967-2555