The owner of a dam is responsible for its safety. Having a dam safety management program in place can minimise the risk of its failure, and the potential impact on human life and property.
Under the provisions of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008, the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy is responsible for the regulation of dams that are referrable. (Referrable dams are those that dam owners have assessed as putting people at risk in the event of failure.)
Around half of the referrable dams in Queensland are owned by Seqwater (26) and Sunwater (23). All referrable dam owners must have an approved emergency action plan in place.
The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy may put safety conditions on referrable dams. These safety conditions may require owners to develop standing operating procedures and undertake works to improve the dam’s integrity.