Burdekin Falls Dam makes history

05 Sep 2011

Burdekin Falls Dam has had water flowing over the 38m-high spillway for a record-smashing total of 321 consecutive days, far surpassing the previous record for constant flow at the dam.

The dam started overflowing from October 6, 2010 and finished almost a year later on August 23, 2011.

The dam's previous overflow record was 93 consecutive days, a period which ended on January 5, 2009.

Over the 321 days, the dam, which is equal to the size of Victoria, passed more than 26,960,908 megalitres of water over the spillway, the equivalent of more than 53 Sydney Harbours.

SunWater Area Operations Manager Far North, Colin Bendall, said that SunWater is pleased with the performance of the Burdekin Falls Dam infrastructure during the record spill event.

“To have a dam of this immense size safely passing water over the spillway for 321 consecutive days is testament to SunWater's safe management and operations of our dams," he said.

Mr Bendall said the last year had not only brought much rain to the region, but much renewed confidence for local farmers.

“Local irrigators will receive 100% of their water allocations this year, providing a great source of water security," he said.

For more information on dam facilities and conditions go to www.sunwater.com.au or call 131 589.

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