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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.

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