Eungella Dam improvements are underway

21 Sep 2015

SunWater has commenced works at Eungella Dam, approximately 80 km west of Mackay, as part of its ongoing program of dam improvements.

The dam improvement program was introduced in response to revised rainfall data captured by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), which calculated the likelihood of extreme rainfall events occurring in the future.

SunWater’s General Manager Asset Delivery, Tim Donaghy, said the BOM data was incorporated into a risk assessment to identify what this meant for the dam and its capacity to withstand extreme rainfall events.

"The improvement works are being undertaken as a preventative measure to ensure the dam can better manage an extreme rainfall event, should it ever occur" Mr Donaghy said.

“Eungella Dam is the sixth and final SunWater dam to undergo improvement works in the first round of dam improvements undertaken by SunWater as part of the Queensland Dam Safety Regulator’s Tranche 1 requirements”.

The works will include the installation of steel anchor bars to strengthen Eungella Dam’s spillway crest structure.

Mr Donaghy confirmed there would be little or no impact to the landholders situated adjacent to the dam, irrigation customers and recreational users of the dam.

"The project is expected to cause minor traffic disruptions only, with no impacts for public access to boat ramps, picnic areas and other dam amenities" he said.

"Our main priority is for the safety of the general public during these works and we ask anyone visiting the dam to read the signs and not enter the construction site."

The upgrade will not increase the water storage capacity of the dam and current water supply arrangements from the dam will not be affected by the project.

Construction is expected to be completed in early October 2015.

More information about the Eungella Dam Improvement and SunWater’s Dam Improvement Program is available at


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