The Winburndale Dam Flood Security Upgrade is nearing its final stages, with 19 out of 25 pre-stressed ground anchors now installed to reinforce the dam wall.
The jointly funded – $2.3 million from the New South Wales Government’s Safe and Secure Water Program and $13.75 million from Bathurst Regional Council – project is using modern engineering practices to strengthen the Dam so it can continue to serve Bathurst for many decades to come.
Winburndale Dam is over 90 years-old which is why it’s vital this work is done to improve the infrastructure, so it can continue operating as a reliable and safe second water source for Bathurst.
The project is also making the most of local expertise and supporting the Bathurst economy, through using Bathurst based contractor, Eodo, to deliver both the design and construction phases.
Reinforcing the dam shows how outstanding engineering and construction can come together to fix even the most difficult water infrastructure issues.
Installing the anchors to strengthen the Dam wall while it continues to act as an important water source for Bathurst proved challenging. The process involved divers inspecting and working on the structure underwater during construction, while other equipment was being engineered on site to meet the unique needs of the project.