Warragamba Dam, Warragamba

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Warragamba Dam is a heritage-listed dam in the outer South Western Sydney suburb of Warragamba, Wollondilly Shire in New South Wales, Australia. It is a concrete gravity dam, which creates Lake Burragorang, the primary reservoir for water supply for the city of Sydney. The dam wall is located approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi) to the southwest of Sydney central business district, near the town of Wallacia.

The dam was devised as part of a collective engineering response to Sydney's critical water shortage during World War II and was originally known as the Warragamba Emergency Scheme. Constructed between 1948 and 1960, the dam created capacity for a reservoir of 2,031 gigalitres (4.47×1011 imp gal; 5.37×1011 US gal) and is fed by a catchment area of 9,051 square kilometres (3,495 sq mi). The surface area of the lake covers 75 square kilometres (29 sq mi) of the now-flooded Burragorang Valley. It was designed and built by the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board. A small hydroelectric power station is incorporated into the design of the dam but is rarely operational.

The property is owned by WaterNSW, an agency of the Government of New South Wales. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 18 November 1999.

Drought has severely depleted the level of the dam at times: on 8 February 2007 it recorded an all-time low of 32.5% of capacity. On 2 March 2012, it overflowed for the first time in fourteen years. It overflowed again in 2016 and in March 2021.
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  • Popular spot for a picnic. Walked to the viewing platform and the dam wall to see water up to the spillway. It’s been many years since this has happened. 
    Popular spot for a picnic. Walked to the viewing platform and the dam wall to see water up to the spillway. It’s been many years since this has happened.  more »
  • If you have kids, it is definitely worthwhile visiting Warragamba Dam so they can learn about the most important source of the water they use every day. Please note the visitors centre is currently.....  more
    If you have kids, it is definitely worthwhile visiting Warragamba Dam so they can learn about the most important source of the water they use every day. Please note the visitors centre is currently.....  more »
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  • I love coming here during the week, it is so peaceful. I come to gather my thoughts and feel emotion. I used to love the scale model of Warragamba but I'm not sure it is there anymore. It is quite sad how everything changed due to the threat of terrorism. A nice place to chill.
  • It looked very full which is a good sign 💦 We also appreciated the relatively modern architectural design considering its age, certainly ahead of its time. My wife and I camped nearby with our friends Marcel & Stacey, who were all in awe of its massive size. Marcel remarked that it reminded him of himself, I was confused by this. We will be back! Stay full forever.

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