Awoonga Dam temporarily shutdown for maintenance works

Awoonga Dam temporarily shutdown for maintenance works

Awoonga Dam has been shutdown this past week as part of Gladstone Area Water Board’s (GAWB) long-term Dam Safety Management Program.

GAWB CEO Darren Barlow said there was no need for customers to be concerned about their water during the shutdown thanks to the construction of a $29 million Offline Storage Facility, which provides an alternative raw water supply with the dam must be taken offline.

“Our storage facility ensures our ability to continue providing safe and reliable water services to our customers and broader community while safely undertaking these critical maintenance works at the same time,” he said.

“We have an aging infrastructure network that requires a high degree of maintenance and inspection.

“This shutdown allows us to isolate and inspect the pipeline in the dam wall (known as conduit), identify any potential structural failure risks and prepare to repair them.

“Our team continues to work hard to ensure minimal disruption and as much alignment with our customers as possible.

“There is no need for customers to be concerned about their water supply during the shutdown, however, as always, it’s important to be mindful of our water use and water-wise practices are strongly encouraged at all times.”

Under Queensland’s Dam Safety Management Guidelines, GAWB is required to inspect its AwoongaDam conduit infrastructure regularly.

During the six-day shut, specialised maintenance teams have undertaken critical inspection works that will ensure the effective operation, safety and longevity of the dam.

GAWB will spend more than $170 million on critical infrastructure upgrades and capital projects atAwoonga Dam over the next four years.

A second major shutdown is planned for September 2021.

The Lake Awoonga Recreational Area has remained accessible to the public during the shutdown.