Dungowan Dam and Pipeline


Estimated Cost:

a close up of an overhead sprinkler in use above a crop. Image courtesy of Nathan Dyer
Estimated cost
$1.28 billion

A new Dungowan Dam has been proposed for construction to increase storage capacity from 6.3 gigalitres to 22.5 gigalitres.

The proposed dam would be around 3.5 kilometres downstream of the existing dam, which would subsequently be decommissioned. The dam wall is proposed to be 58 metres high with a catchment area measuring 175 square kilometres. A 55 kilometre delivery pipeline is also proposed to supply up to 71 megalitres of water per day from the dam to the Calala Water Treatment Plant.

The project's stated objectives are to improve water security, help build drought resilience and maintain water reliability for agricultural production.

Who's involved

The Australian Government is committed to responsible investment in water infrastructure, based on scientific evidence and business cases that stack up economically and environmentally.

Infrastructure Australia has published an evaluation summary of the Dungowan Dam and Pipeline.

Funding for the construction of the Dungowan Dam has been deferred. The Australian Government is continuing to support the delivering of Stage 1 of the Dungowan Pipeline

Australian Government Funding source

Australian Government funding is provided through the National Water Grid Fund.

Project status

Construction of the Dungowan Pipeline commenced in February 2022.