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Drainage improvement works commence on Burdekin Falls Dam


The first in a series of upgrades to ensure Burdekin Falls Dam continues to operate safely in the future have commenced.

More than 260 drains will be cleaned and widened and an additional 162 drains will be added to the lower gallery and downstream of the dam spillway, to improve drainage function and efficiency.

SunWater Chief Executive Ms Nicole Hollows said SunWater regularly conducts dam safety assessments and maintenance and that the works form part of a broader Dam Safety Improvement Program that is being undertaken across a number of SunWater dams.

“The Burdekin Falls Dam Foundation Drainage Project will enhance the efficiency of the existing drainage system to ensure the dam continues to safely hold and release excess water,” Ms Hollows said.

“We will be prioritising construction activities to address the highest level of dam safety; however all aspects are preventive and the integrity of the main structure of the dam is not at risk.

“Safety upgrades are a necessary undertaking as infrastructure starts to age and it’s critical that these works are prioritised so that we can continue to provide a reliable and safe service for our customers and communities.”

Construction is not expected to impact public access to the dam recreational facilities; however the following closures will apply to Burdekin Falls Dam Road, downstream of the spillway:

  • Monday 22 May - road closed for approx. three hours between 11.00am and 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 24 May - road closed for approx. three hours between 11.00am and 5.00pm

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