At Seqwater, some of the dams we operate were built decades ago and, just like cars, they need regular maintenance to keep them in good working order and meet changing safety standards and guidelines.
In 2012-13, Seqwater commissioned an independent review, which found improvements are needed at many of our 26 regulated dams to meet Queensland’s dam safety guidelines and bring them in line with the latest engineering standards.
Somerset Dam safety upgrade
Somerset Dam is one of several dams identified for upgrade as part of Seqwater’s Dam Improvement Program. The dam plays an important role in the SEQ Water Grid and its continued performance and safety is critical to South East Queenslanders.
The aim of the upgrade is to improve the dam’s ability to withstand extreme floods and earthquakes. At this stage, construction is expected to start by 2021.
Somerset Dam Tour
Online registrations for free tickets to Somerset Dam tours on 24-25 August are now open. Come along to learn more about the dam's history, current operations and the Somerset Dam Safety Upgrade.
All tours will meet at the Day Use area (children's playground) in Somerset Dam village. Shuttle busses will transfer you to the dam wall. While you're in town, visit historic Coronation Hall in Somerset Dam village to sample community arts, crafts, music, wine and food. These events are run by local community groups and may have associated costs.
Walk the wall: Walk along the top of the dam wall, see some of the machinery that operates the dam gates, and talk to our dam operators and engineers. Don't forget your camera; the view is spectacular! Due to the nature of the areas visited this tour is NOT SUITABLE for children under the age of 10.
Seqwater can provide support to access the Walk the Wall tour, including mobility assistance and interpreter services (including Auslan). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any support.
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Adventure tour: Walk through the tunnels in the dam wall, see the machinery that operates the gates, and visit the top of the dam wall. Due to the nature of the areas visited this tour is NOT SUITABLE for people under the age of 18, people with limited mobility (there are a large number of stairs), people with heart or lung conditions or people with a fear of confined spaces, bats or spiders.
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Want to be the first to know about community engagement activities at Somerset Dam? Sign up for Somerset Dam upgrade email updates (select Somerset Dam Improvement in the subject).
Temporary full supply level
In 2016, the flood operation procedures for Somerset Dam were modified as a precautionary safety measure and drinking water levels of both Somerset and Wivenhoe dams were temporarily lowered to maintain flood mitigation benefits provided by both dams. Somerset was lowered to 80 per cent of its normal drinking water storage and Wivenhoe to 90 per cent.
The full supply levels in both dams will remain lowered until Somerset Dam is upgraded.
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