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Burdekin Falls Dam Drainage Improvement Project

Sunwater completed improvement works to Burdekin Falls Dam’s foundation drainage systems in 2017.

What was involved?

  • Existing drains have been refurbished
  • More than 280 new drains were added to the lower access gallery
  • An additional 140 new drains were added downstream of the spillway apron.

The drains were designed to reduce up-lift pressure on the foundation and improve water supply efficiency.

Major milestones

  • The project was completed in 2017.


Burdekin Falls Dam, North Queensland
Approximately 200km south of Townsville.