Building a farm dam


Building a farm dam is not a case of digging a hole and waiting for it to fill with water.

Many farm dams fail because they were not planned or built properly.

Most farm dams are compacted earth structures built at depressions, gullies or hillsides.

Farm dams should be planned and built with the same care you would apply to building a house.

There are several things to consider when planning a dam.

This Primefact covers the following topics:

  • Government regulations
  • Size of your dam
  • Where to build your dam
  • Who should build your dam?
  • Preparing your site
  • Building your dam
  • Maintaining your dam

The Soil Conservation Service is highly experienced in designing and constructing farm dams. For a no obligation free quote or for more information about building a farm dam, please contact your local Soil Conservation Service representative.


Primefact 781 First Edition

Published: Oct 2009