I’m organising a film shoot with a bunch of models in and around a small dam on a farm.
I not sure what folks in the US call this, if it’s the same as Aussies - a depression in the ground on a farm for farm animals to drink from, and to irrigate crops, usually fed by a creek or spring, perhaps built by a bulldozer. They are often muddy, can have brown water, and usually have reeds or grasses growing in them. A google image search for “farm dam” shows plenty of what I mean.
Growing up on a (inland) farm, swimming in dams was really common on hot days. My bro and I often swam in dams after school, as did all the local kids. I’ll never forget the day I trod on something weird, pulled it out, and it was a sheep skull…
Anyhoo. We doing a shoot in and around a dam. it’s in a sheep paddock, pretty flat land, actually barely used by sheep (they drink from another creek in the same paddock).
We plan to wade thru it thoroughly first, to make sure there is nothing sharp or dangerous in there. I guess we should test the water, but it all seems a bit… pussy, ya know? When I was a kid…
How bad can spring fed water in a farm dam in a rural area BE?
If we did test, what are we testing for? Presumably, there are companies out there who can do it for us. They are going to err on the side of extreme caution, not want us to blame anything on them, and say, don’t swim in it.