Underwater concrete pour successful at Ben Anderson Barrage

14 Jul 2015

SunWater has passed a milestone in the flood repair work currently underway at Ben Anderson Barrage, with the first underwater concrete pour now complete.

Work will continue on laying a geotextile layer, topped with rock and concrete to repair erosion damage upstream of the barrage. Crews are also upgrading the cathodic protection system to protect metal items against corrosion.

SunWater General Manager Bulk Water and Irrigation Systems Tom Vanderbyl said the works will remedy damage caused by record flooding associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in 2013.

“To enable us to safely complete the repairs to Ben Anderson Barrage, works are being undertaken during the current dry season,” Mr Vanderbyl said.

“As previously advised over recent months, water levels upstream of the barrage will continue to be lowered so that these repairs can take place.

“Members of the community may also notice some heavy vehicle movement and construction activities in the vicinity of the barrage during this important repair work.

“SunWater asks people to take care if near or upstream of the barrage during this time and calls on the community to be tolerant and understanding whilst these works are underway,” he said.

The barrage repairs are expected to be complete in September 2015.

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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