Small Dams: Planning, Construction and Maintenance

Author(s): Barry Lewis

Irrigation & Water Supply

Farmers are well aware of the need to boost productivity. In the face of the greater competition for domestic and overseas markets, the farmer who wants to succeed has to tak a business approach to increasing efficiency, reducing costs and improving output. In this environment, water becomes an economic factor and its provision a matter for careful deliberation. This book is designed as a guide for dam owners, engineering students, government agencies, developers, and earthmoving contractors who are responsible for designing, building and using the majority of farm water storages. It is also designed for engineers who have not specialised in small earth dam design for agricultural hydrology who need to design small water storage schemes. 'Small Dams' provides a practial approach and guide to determining catchment yield and the amount of water required in a dam. It also advises on working with engineers and contractors, and outlines the causes of dam failures and how to remedy problems quickly. It further covers relevant legislation, environmental and ecological issues from a global perspective, with explicit reference to various countries around the world. By employing the principles in this volume, in conjuction with the advise of suitably experienced engineers and contractors, small dam builders, such as farmers and land owners, will reduce the risk of failure and ensure long-term success of their dams. An invaluable reference resource for anyone who owns or plans to own a dam, and a useful reference for agencies, contractors and engineers.

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Barry Lewis has over thirty years of experience as an engineer and has written extensively on farm dams, soil conservation, catchment management and the environmental impact of farm dams both on- and off-stream. He is directly involved in the licensing and regulation of farm dams in Victoria, Australia.

1. Planning Assessing water needs Assessment of catchment yield Dam site selection Types of farm storages Dam storage size Using a dam in drought Fire Fighting 2. Investigation Soil testing Site selection criteria Foundation materials Embankment materials Site investigation of materials Analysis of soil Location of soil Unsuitable material 3. Design Items that need to be considered Flood flow estimation Outlet structures Pipelines through embankments Earth and water computations Estimate of costs 4. Documentation Collation of plans and specification Collecting basic design data Assembly of data Construction documents and drawings Final review and approval 5. Construction Approval for dam building Selecting your dam builders How to build a dam Steps in constructing a dam Compaction Soil moisture Allowance for settlement Equipment Installation of outlet pipe Checking for compliance with standards Final inspection and measurements 6. Maintenance Safety surveillance Inspection procedures Causes of dam failures Dam Leakage 7. Water Water quantity Water quality Water treatment for human consumption Algae in farm water supplies Salt in dam water 8. Ecology Wildlife and plants in dams Water plants in dams Using herbicides near water Vegetation on and around dams Yabbies 9. Commercial Fish farming Yabby farming Native fauna and total ecosystem management Licensing process 10. Legal Legal and policy aspects in Australia Liability Responsibility of dam owners Dam failure Designer and earthmoving contractor(s) Property insurance Appendix 1 A glossary of terminology Appendix 2 Engineering specifications for an earth-fill farm dam Appendix 3 Metric and imperial conversion tables References and suggested further reading

General Fields

  • : 9780415621113
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : CRC Press
  • : November 2013
  • : 246mm X 174mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : en
  • : 627.8
  • : 210
  • : Barry Lewis