Dam collapses prompt maintenance reminders

Recent dam collapses in Western Victoria have prompted maintenance reminders. 

Farmers are encouraged to take action now to prevent future damage and losses.  

Farm Alert: Agriculture Victoria advise farmers to check their dams.

Farm Alert: Agriculture Victoria advise farmers to check their dams.

Agriculture Victoria farm water specialist Clem Sturmfels said it was “critically” important to make sure the structures were secure.

“It’s never too late in the season to check your dam or do maintenance work – it should be done continually, all year round,” he said. “Considering we are in thunderstorm season, now is a very good time to check.” 

He said farm dams in the south-west were failing at a significantly higher rate than previous due to heavy rain, poor construction and a lack of ongoing care.

He said issues ranged from small tunnels, bank sinking, spillway erosion and “overtopping” to total failure and water loss.

Mr Sturmfels said it was crucial to consult local councils before starting work, in case a planning permit or licence was required. 

Visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/farmdam for more.  

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