Dam close to overflowing

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The Harding Dam in the Pilbara is close to overflowing
Camera IconThe Harding Dam in the Pilbara is close to overflowing Credit: Picture: Water Corporation/Pilbara News

An iconic dam is close to overflowing for the first time in years because of recent heavy rains in the Pilbara.

The Harding Dam, 23km south-east of Roebourne, used to supply West Pilbara Water Supply Scheme but was taken offline last year due to low water levels, with the Millstream and Bungaroo aquifers being used instead.

The torrential rainfall from tropical cyclone Damien has caused water levels to increase significantly in the aquifer.

In a statement last week, Water Corporation announced it was going to reinstate the aquifer as the primary water source for the West Pilbara Water Supply Scheme in the coming weeks.

Harding Dam has a capacity for 64 billion litres of water, which could supply Karratha, Wickham, Dampier, Roebourne, and Point Samson residents connected to the West Pilbara Water Supply Scheme for about 18 months.

Water Corporation North West regional manager Sharon Broad said the last time the dam was at full capacity was in February 2017.

“Prior to tropical cyclone Damien, Harding Dam was sitting at only 18 per cent capacity and was taken offline, so it is fantastic to see the dam replenished to near full capacity,” she said.

“It will only take one more rainfall event in the coming months for us to see the dam start to overflow in quite a spectacular fashion.”

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