09 Nov 2023

GHD and HARC Collaborate to Strengthen Rural Dam Resilience for Waternsw

09 Nov 2023  by waterpowermagazine   
Professional services company GHD and the Hydroelectricity Assistance Review Commission (HARC) are teaming up to support WaterNSW in managing 17 rural dams across the state. The collaboration aims to enhance the long-term sustainability and resilience of these vital water assets.

GHD, with its extensive expertise in dam safety management, including engineering analysis and risk assessments, will take the lead on this project. Over the next two and a half years, GHD and HARC will work in close coordination to deliver a comprehensive portfolio risk assessment. This assessment will play a pivotal role in guiding future investments for the maintenance of these crucial water infrastructure assets.

“We appreciate the importance of this infrastructure to the water security of the state, especially regional NSW, and are very pleased to be working with WaterNSW and HARC on this project,” said Niki Harandi, Project Director and GHD Dams and Tailings Business Group Leader, Sydney. “We expect this assessment to play a key role in underpinning the long-term sustainability and resilience of rural dams.”

HARC's Director, Peter Hill, also emphasized the organization's commitment to supporting WaterNSW: "HARC is excited to continue working with WaterNSW on this significant project. We are pleased to contribute our specialist skills in dam safety risk assessment to help WaterNSW in their essential role as owner and operator of these significant assets."

Both GHD and HARC have a proven track record of success in conducting assessments for WaterNSW assets, further highlighting their capability in this field.

WaterNSW is pleased to continue to work with GHD and HARC who collectively have more than 100 years’ of experience in risk assessment and have led major similar work across Australia over the past 20 years,” said Executive Manager Operations , Ronan Magaharan.“This multi-year program that will bring together multiple fields of engineering to provide strategic direction on how to prioritise funds and efforts to optimise the resilience of our regional dams, meet regulatory obligations, and ensure their function for the community.”



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