TVA Installs Warning System at Melton Hill Dam
January 30, 2009
LOUDOUN , Tenn. – TVA has installed a new safety warning system at Melton Hill Dam to help improve public safety during water releases from the dam.
The warning system, scheduled to begin operating today, includes signs, warning horns and strobe lights that warn the public of water discharges through the dam and of rapidly rising water downstream from the dam.
“The horns and strobe lights will automatically be activated prior to water level changes as a safety warning to the public,” said TVA Senior Vice President of River Operations Janet Herrin. “When the horns and strobe lights are activated, boaters and the public should quickly move to safe areas.”
Before TVA begins generating power and releasing water from the dam, warning horns and strobe lights mounted near the downstream discharge area will be activated.
TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financing. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 9 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA also manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality and recreation.
Gil Francis, Knoxville, (865) 632-8031
TVA News Bureau, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000