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1956

Grahamstown Water Supply Scheme Commenced

In 1950, the President, C G Schroder, said a storage dam with three times the capacity of Chichester Dam was planned to supply the Lower Hunter. In 1956, employing 560 men, the scheme was developed in stages to synchronise with the ever-increasing water consumption in the Region. In order to make use of the Williams River when fresh water was available, a weir across the Williams River was to be constructed to prevent intrusion of salt water from the ocean. Water impounded by the weir was drawn off through a gate, a pipeline and an open canal (Balickera Canal).

The Board installed six pumps at the Balickera Pump Station, each with a capacity of 190 million litres per day. The aim was to raise the water in the canal about 15 metres to a point high enough to permit it to gravitate into Grahamstown Dam.

Learn more about Grahamstown Dam.