Leaking farm dams

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This Agfact contains information about the following common causes of dam leakage:
  • the work of a contractor unfamiliar with farm dam construction
  • failure to remove topsoil and vegetation at the embankment site
  • use of an unsuitable soil type in the dam wall
  • failure to construct a cut-off trench
  • poor soil compaction
  • failure to backfill exposed rock, gravel or sand in the storage basin
  • poor maintenance of the dam.

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