The Power of Water is a 30-second public service TV announcement (PSA) illustrating the danger of water near hydroelectric dams and generating stations. The PSA follows a single drop of water as it moves through the turbulent waters around the Trethewey Falls Generating Station in Bracebridge, Ontario, sweeping through its turbines to generate electricity. By the PSA’s conclusion, the water droplet is powering a Gravenhurst barber shop, where a young boy is getting a haircut.
“OPG has a longstanding commitment to promoting water safety,” says Ted Gruetzner, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Communications. “More than a third of our power comes from renewable hydroelectric generation, so we’re always exploring new ways to keep the “stay clear, stay safe” message fresh and memorable.”
The safety of the public and our staff is our number one priority. OPG operates 65 hydroelectric stations and 240 dams on 24 river systems. Most of these facilities are remotely controlled.
As demand for electricity rises and falls throughout each day, operators stationed many kilometres away open and close dams, and start and stop generating units as needed. Water that looks safe may become turbulent with little or no warning.
For your safety near a hydroelectric dam or station:
- Obey all warning signs, fences, buoys, booms and barriers. They are put there to protect you. The areas inside are dangerous, stay clear of them.
- Stay a safe distance outside of warning signs, buoys, booms and barriers when snowmobiling, fishing, boating or swimming.
- Stay well back from the edge of waters or ice above and below hydroelectric dams and stations.
- Never stand, anchor or tie your boat below a dam. Rapidly changing water levels and flows can take you by surprise and deceptively thin ice could crack and give way.
Please take a few moments to review our Stay Clear, Stay Safe brochure, which describes the safety precautions you need to take when near hydroelectric stations and dams.
Stay Clear, Stay Safe Brochure – English (PDF)
Stay Clear, Stay Safe Brochure – French (PDF)
Additional water safety resources:
Water safety poster
Know the signs and stay clear.
Water safety poster – English (PDF)
Water safety poster – French (PDF)
Water safety on the Niagara River
Boaters may be tempted to get close to Niagara Falls, but authorities warn the water is deceiving and dangerous.
A kid's guide to water safety.
Kids Guide – English (PDF)
Kids Guide – French (PDF)
OPG proudly supports OFAH TackleShare. The program gives young anglers the opportunity to fish at no cost.
Visit the OFAH TackleShare website