SunWater set to carry out routine inspection at Callide Dam

04 Dec 2015

SunWater will be completing a routine dam safety inspection at Callide Dam in the coming week which requires water to be pumped out of the concrete pond below the spillway.

SunWater’s Acting General Manager Operations, Russell Paton said the works are part of SunWater’s Dam Safety Management Program and this particular comprehensive inspection occurs every five years at each of our dams.

“To carry out a thorough inspection of the spillway, water of approximately five metres depth must be pumped out of the concrete pond below the spillway into the downstream area to allow a thorough clean of the pond.

“Downstream residents will notice a minor visible increase in flow down the creek.

“During the pumping process our environment team will be carefully relocating resident fish and turtles into the Callide Creek”, he said.

The works will commence next week and normal dam operations will be unaffected. The comprehensive inspection will take approximately one week to complete.

A spillway is an important feature of a dam which controls outflows from the dam’s gates when the storage level has risen above the full supply level. For dam level updates, visit

Callide Dam forms part of the Callide Valley Water Supply Scheme, storing and supplying up to 136,300 megalitres of water for the Biloela township, Callide Power Station, irrigation and to supplement the downstream groundwater supplies.

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