Local water utilities are responsible for ensuring the safety of their 116 water supply dams and weirs in non–metropolitan NSW. The NSW Office of Water assists utilities to achieve this through the dam safety program by facilitating cost effective, safe and appropriate surveillance and management of local water utility dams. The Office of Water also assists utilities to manage the upgrading of deficient dams or the design and construction of new dams. This ensures utilities are proactively avoiding dam failures and protecting the public and the environment, and prolonging the life of the $1 billion infrastructure.
The NSW Office of Water:
- undertakes expert inspections of local water utility dams (to a frequency determined by the Australian National Committee on Large Dams Guidelines and as endorsed by the NSW Dams Safety Committee and by an independent review of the Office of Water's dam safety procedures) to facilitate best practice in surveillance, operation and maintenance of dams. A written inspection report setting out corrective actions required is provided to the utility after each inspection
- manages and monitors timely implementation of the program of requisite upgrading of deficient dams
- provides expert technical advice and approval to utilities on dam safety issues including review of dam monitoring data
- grants approval for the construction or modification of local water utility dams and flood retention basins as required by Section 60 of the Local Government Act 1993
- manages and facilitates technology transfer and best-practice through inspection reporting.
For more information, or to discuss any aspect of dam safety, contact your nearest regional urban water officer.
- Contact us
- Section 60 approval for local water utility dam works
- Dam Safety Committee