DAM GETS SAFETY UPGRADE
PARADISE Dam, near Biggenden, is set to have new safety features installed to maintain safe operation during extreme weather events.
Following the 2013 flood, Sun Water undertook interim repairs amounting to millions of dollars to further strengthen Paradise Dam prior to the wet season.
Sun Water has now begun work improving the dam’s primary spillway.
While the dam is safe under current conditions, the work is being carried out as a preventative measure.
Improvements being made include strengthening the base of the primary spillway, downstream protection of one side of the dam wall and construction of an access and drainage culvert.
Sun Water general manager asset delivery Alex Fisher said works were not expected to impact landholders adjacent to the dam, irrigation customers, or recreational users wanting to access boat ramps, picnic areas and other dam amenities.
“While there may be periods of increased vehicle movements, the public should only expect minor traffic disruptions and occasional road closures to and from the dams.
“We ask that people take care when travelling near the work site and to remain understanding and patients while construction is underway.
Ms Fisher said public facilities would not be affected.
“But Sun Water customers immediately downstream from the dam could experience disruptions to their water supply, though water demand will be managed via small ongoing releases,” she said.
“These works will ensure the spillways continue to function efficiently and will also help minimise the impact of extreme weather events in the future.”
Alex Fisher Sun Water Public facilities will not be affected
Weather permitting, works will be carried out throughout the dry season.
Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
MORE REPAIRS: SunWater has started additional interim repairs at Paradise Dam to strengthen the spillway.