Keepit upgrade

Keepit upgrade

About the upgrade

  • Cost: in excess of $100 million
  • Funded by: the NSW Government


Upgrade to comply with ANCOLD and contemporary safety standards. Works package one of the Keepit Dam safety upgrade was completed in 2011 and consisted of construction of two spillways and three saddle dams. Works package two involves strengthening the main dam wall and involved electrical relocatio works prior to the main construction work. Storage capacity and water releases will not be altered by the upgrade.

Construction on Keepit Dam’s current works package to strengthen the main dam wall started in April 2017. For safety reasons, public access to the main wall will not be permitted during the construction period, however a viewing and turning area will be available at the approach to the main wall. The access restrictions commenced from March 2017, and will continue until mid-2019. WaterNSW apologises for any inconvenience to the public caused during this period.


  • Improved ability of dam to withstand extreme floods and earthquakes
  • Stimulating local economy during construction
  • Increased sustainable regional development
  • Improved environmental outcomes through implementation of a biodiversity offset plan


Construction of two spillways (work package one)

  • 2009 August - Completion of design
  • 2010 March - Commence construction
  • 2011 September - Complete construction

Dam wall modifications (work package two)

  • 2010 - Design completed
  • 2014 - Commence electrical relocation
  • 2015 - Complete electrical relocation
  • 2016 - Commence post-tensioning
  • 2019 - Complete post-tensioing
  • Possible further works to follow post-tensioning


  • 2018 September - Construction on works package two has reached half way point
  • 2017 May - Commencement of construction on works package two
  • 2017 March - Public access to the dam wall not permitted in preparation for construction works starting in April
  • 2016 November - Tender awarded for construction works to strengthen dam wall
  • 2016 March - Tenders for dam wall post-tensioning let to select group following EOI process
  • 2014 December - Preliminary electrical works complete
  • 2014 July - Preliminary electrical works 50% complete
  • 2014 January - Tender awarded for preliminary electrical works
  • 2013 April - Tender awarded to remove right abutment cofferdam
  • 2011 October - Works package one completed
  • 2011 June - Road base material donated to Lake Keepit Soaring Club
  • 2011 February - New amenities handed back to Keepit State Park
  • The Community Construction Liaison Group meeting regularly throughout the project for updates
  • Construction progressing according to schedule
  • 2010 March - Construction commences
  • 2010 January - NSW Government announces funding for upgrade

Fact sheets

Project bulletins


Media releases

Environmental approval documents

Environmental Compliance and Monitoring

Keepit Dam Upgrade Annual EPBC Reports

Keepit Dam Upgrade Annual Ecological Monitoring

Contact details

Enquiries and complaints should be directed through the WaterNSW complaints management process via the following channels:

  • Phone 1300 662 077 or email.
  • Post: Customer Helpdesk, WaterNSW, PO Box 1018, Dubbo, NSW 2830
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