Burdekin Falls Dam Foundation Drainage Improvement


April 2017 to late 2017.


Burdekin Falls Dam is located on the Burdekin River, 200km south of Townsville.

Project overview

The Burdekin Falls Dam Foundation Drainage Improvement Project involves an $8.5 million upgrade to the foundation drainage system.

The works will improve the efficiency of the dam’s foundation drainage systems to ensure it continues to operate as designed. This project forms part of SunWater’s ongoing Dam Safety Improvement Program, which ensures our dams meet modern safety standards and continue to safely hold and release excess volumes of water during extreme rainfall events.


Construction works involve:

  • Upgrading the existing lower gallery foundation drainage system to increase the efficiency
  • Installation of additional drainage in the lower gallery
  • Installation of new drainage within the downstream section of the spillway.

SunWater’s role

Asset owner, management and design.