Private dam maintenance and management in emergencies
There are more than 30 000 privately owned dams in South Australia. Some of these dams would pose a significant safety threat to downstream communities if they were to fail.
Private dam owners often overlook their responsibility to maintain their dams, increasing the risks to downstream communities. Guidelines aimed at providing dam owners and emergency responders with more information about preventing and responding to such hazards have been recently developed for public use.
The following documents are available:
• Private dam maintenance and management in emergencies fact sheet: provides a short overview of the issues, what to do and what not to do.
• Private dam maintenance and management in emergencies: a comprehensive guideline to dam maintenance and management during emergencies.
• A rapid risk assessment template: to assist dam owners to assess the risk of dam failure
• An emergency action plan flowchart: to assist dam owners determine the appropriate action to take in an emergency.