Private dam maintenance and management in emergencies

There are more than 30 000 privately owned dams in South Australia. Some of these dams would pose a significant safety threat to downstream communities if they were to fail. Private dam owners often overlook their responsibility to maintain their dams, increasing the risks to downstream communities. Guidelines aimed at providing dam owners and emergency responders with more information about preventing and responding to such hazards have been recently developed for public use.  

The following documents are available:

For more information visit the Flood Hazard Management section of the Department for Environment and Water website.

More information

  • Community Engagement Coordinator
    Department for Environment and Water
    0467 788 401