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Re-think on lake work

Tuesday, 29th March, 2011

WAITING: It will be a while until a decision is made about repairing the spillway at Imperial Lake. WAITING: It will be a while until a decision is made about repairing the spillway at Imperial Lake.

By Kurtis Eichler

A decision about work that may be needed to repair the spillway at Imperial Lake was still months away, according to the local water supplier.

The spillway releases water to prevent damage to the dam, and in January the NSW Dam Safety Committee found its design "deficient" and in need of repair. 

The local manager of Essential Water, Travis Nadge, said the cost of repairs would be "significant" and that the NSW Dam Safety Committee had agreed to reassess its original finding.

"It reassesses the spillway in an extreme flood event," Mr Nadge said.

"We can now take into account upstream factors that were not part of the initial review," he said.

Mr Nadge said he hoped that this would result in finding a way to cut down on the capital cost of maintenance on the spillway.

However, the review could take about two months to be finalised, he said.

"When we get all the information, we'll come back to the community."

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