Water Safety


We generate electricity using the flow of water. That means that water levels and flows in the rivers, lakes and reservoirs around our dams and generators can rise and fall rapidly, and without warning.

Even if it appears to be safe at the time, approaching the inlet or outlet of a hydro generation plant is extremely dangerous — hydro plants turn on and off several times a day and move very large amounts of water.

You can ensure your visit or water activity is safe by respecting fences and warning signs at the sites and following simple safety rules. 

How to stay safe around hydro facilities

People often use areas around our hydro facilities for a number of recreational activities, from swimming and boating to paddleboarding, hiking, fishing and camping. By obeying signs notifying you of dangers and by following some simple safety rules, your time visiting the great outdoor spaces can be enjoyable and free from harm.

Fishing Regulations prohibit fishing by any means within 23 metres of dams and control structures.

Please note these general tips for keeping safe around our hydro facilities:

  • 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.
  • Be aware that water levels and flows may change suddenly and without warning. Changing flow can turn a river that you are comfortable paddling into something well beyond your ability.
  • A creek or river channel that is barely flowing in the morning can become a raging torrent later in the day — don’t be tempted to picnic on the rocks, and know the long-way back if you took a short-cut through the channel to get to a hiking trail.
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Always supervise children and help them to learn how to keep safe.
  • Obey the safety directions of all on-site hydro representatives and park wardens.
  • Look before you leap. Hazards can be concealed under the surface of the water.
  • Many of our reservoirs are cold enough that if you get wet, you could get hypothermia or be otherwise harmed by exposure.
  • Boaters and watercraft users must practice safe boating at all times. Follow the guidelines and regulations set out by Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.

In case of water related emergencies

Call 911 or the local RCMP detachment

If you need to report an emergency or safety issue with one of our TransAlta hydro facilities

Call 1-877-967-2555