As part of the detailed design phase, SMEC has undertaken geotechnical investigations, embankment design, spillway design, outlet works design (structural and hydro mechanical), decommissioning of the existing Dungowan Dam, and ancillary works including road design and utility supplies. SMEC has progressed the design, in line with anticipated program milestones, overcoming restricted access to the regional location, which is approximately 440km north of Sydney.
Following extreme drought events over the past 20 years, bulk water supply security has become a state priority, with the Dungowan Dam declared Critical State Significant Infrastructure by the New South Wales State Government. SMEC is pleased to support the delivery of Dungowan Dam which will contribute to building water resilience and security in an increasingly challenging environment. For rural communities, projects like this are vital in providing security and reliability of water supply, contributing to economic growth.