The second and third stages of work in the $94 million SA Water upgrade of Kangaroo Creek Dam have begun.
The project, in the Adelaide Hills, will widen the spillway by an average of 33m and strengthen and increase the dam wall height by five metres.
This will help SA Water better manage any major floods and increase the dam’s ability to withstand earthquakes.
The reservoir’s water level has been gradually lowered over the past few months to around 60 per cent to allow works on the dam outlet to resume following heavy rainfall mid-2016.
Minor blasting to remove rock from the hillside next to the spillway commenced in August 2016 and will continue for the next several months.
Water and the River Murray Minister Ian Hunter said, “The Kangaroo Creek Dam upgrade is an important piece of work to bring a critical piece of SA Water’s infrastructure in line with new national safety standards.
“Our state’s dams form an integral part of the water supply system and it’s imperative they can continue to be safe and reliable into the future.
“The upgrade is also an exciting project for South Australia in terms of local job creation and the use of local products including Whyalla steel for reinforcing of the dam’s concrete structures.”