Ben Anderson Barrage repairs near completion

07 Sep 2015

SunWater is making good progress on flood repair work at Ben Anderson Barrage with works scheduled to be completed in October 2015.

In order to complete the works, water levels upstream of the barrage will be lowered even further for approximately two weeks from 14 September to 28 September 2015.

SunWater General Manager Operations, Tom Vanderbyl, said the water level has to date been lowered by up to 1.6m but now must be lowered by a further half a metre (0.5m) to enable safe completion of the repairs.

“The water levels will be lowered to allow for final upstream repair work involving excavation and concrete rock fill that will stabilise and strengthen the underwater area.

“In the interest of public safety, SunWater urges the community interested in boating and water sports to avoid the upstream area of the Ben Anderson Barrage during this period.

“The works that have been carried out over the past four months have been to repair damage caused by record flooding associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in 2013.

“SunWater encourages people to take care if travelling near the work site during this time and thanks the community for being tolerant and understanding throughout the works.

“SunWater has notified customers and other impacted stakeholders of the temporary changes to water supply and levels and apologises for the inconvenience to allow completion of these important works”, said Mr Vanderbyl.

Ben Anderson Barrage forms part of the Bundaberg Water Supply Scheme, storing and providing water to downstream communities for irrigation and domestic use including supplying parts of Bundaberg and communities in the Burnett, Kolan and Isis shires.

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