SECOND STAGE OF KEEPIT DAM UPGRADE UNDERWAY
Work has commenced on the second major stage of the Keepit Dam upgrade, a package of works valued at $24.4million.
The dam is safe for day-to-day operation but required modifications to comply with contemporary standards to withstand the most extreme weather events and seismic activity.
Keepit’s upgrade is being carried out in two packages of work; the first was completed in 2012 and involved constructing new spillways and saddle dams.
Preliminary electrical relocation works have already been completed for the second package of works and will now be followed by strengthening the dam wall.
SRG Limited has been awarded the $24.4 million contract for the second stage, which involves installing post-tensioned cable anchors vertically through the dam wall.
Construction is expected to take two and a half years to complete.
The water level of the dam and normal water releases will not be affected by the upgrade.
Access to recreational areas will be maintained throughout the works.
For safety purposes access to the dam wall will be restricted during construction.
WaterNSW has been in contact with recreational user groups and landowners regarding the Keepit upgrade for the past decade and will continue to keep them informed as the project progresses.
Keepit is one of seven dams WaterNSW is upgrading to comply with NSW Dams Safety Committee standards for extreme floods and earthquakes.
Split Rock Dam was also recently upgraded to ensure both dams can withstand extreme floods.