Burdekin Falls Dam Improvement and Raising Projects

Burdekin Falls Dam is located south of Townsville on the Burdekin River. It is the largest dam in Queensland with a capacity of 1,860,000 megalitres. Water from the Burdekin Falls Dam supplies over 90,000 hectares of agriculture, groundwater recharge and aquifer management, supplementary urban water to the Townsville Local Government Area and coal mines in the Bowen Basin via the Burdekin Moranbah Pipeline.

The dam is owned and operated by Sunwater and comprises a mass gravity main dam and four earth and rock-fill saddle dams.

Building Queensland is working in partnership with Sunwater on detailed business cases investigating improvement works to ensure the dam continues to meet best practice standards, including protection from severe weather events, and options to augment and increase water supply in the Burdekin and surrounding areas.

The improvement project will ensure the long-term viability of the dam and compliance with current design standards. The scope of works include anchoring the main dam spillway, raising and buttressing of the abutments, raising of the saddle dams and ancillary works.

The raising project is a proposal to increase the capacity of the dam to augment water supply in the Burdekin and surrounding regions. The business case will consider long term demand for water to determine the extent of any raising required.  Works would include raising of the spillway, abutments and saddle dams, as well as adjustments to the spillway apron and possible changes to the access road alignment.

For more information visit the following project pages on Sunwater’s website:

Burdekin Falls Dam Improvement Project

Burdekin Falls Dam Raising Project

All Current Business Cases

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