1999 – Working with Safe Dams

Norm Robins

A strategy designed to ensure that an existing dam continues to perform effectively will include:

  • a set of operating instructions.
  • maintenance of the reservoir components.
  • an ongoing review of structural performance.
  • a system to indicate the appropriate application of resources.
  • the ability to respond to an incident.

This paper will explore each of these issues and how they may be applied to dams in a variety of situations. These situations include water supply reservoirs, flood retarding basins, levees and wastewater lagoons. While each situation is different, the underlying principles will remain consistent. The range of situations encountered by Victorian Water Authorities provides the inspiration for the development of an efficient approach to the management of the safety of dams.

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