Seqwater has extended the opportunity for Redlands residents to tour Leslie Harrison Dam before construction starts on the dam upgrade.

Seqwater Acting Chief Executive Officer Dan Spiller said the bulk water authority recently hosted tours of the dam in January.

It was the first time the public had been granted access to the site in such large numbers since the early 1990s.

Mr Spiller said more than 100 people took part in the tours, with multiple sessions booked out.

“The three tours were held as part of a community consultation on proposed traffic routes for th Leslie Harrison Dam Improvement Program Upgrade,” Mr Spiller said.

“For safety reasons, we had to limit the amount of people on the tour, which unfortunately meant some people who wanted to come along, missed out.

“Appreciating the strong interest in the dam, Seqwater has decided to hold two extra tours on Saturday 21 April so more residents can see the site up close and learn about the upgrade.

“We are also inviting representatives of community groups in Capalaba to come to a special tour on Friday 20 April.”

Tours include a walk along the dam wall and a view of the spillway with Seqwater staff on-hand to talk about catchment management and how drinking water is produced from Capalaba Wate Treatment Plant.

Mr Spiller said the Seqwater project team would also once again be available to discuss details of the upgrade works and proposed mitigation for associated construction impacts.

“We were delighted to see so many people take a genuine interest in the dam and how we trea water during the last tours,” Mr Spiller said.

“At Seqwater, we recognise the importance of community education and are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to more people.”

The $24 million upgrade to Leslie Harrison Dam will improve stability and performance of the dam during extreme weather events and natural disasters.

Bookings for the dam tours will once again be limited. Interested residents can book a spot at www.seqwater.com.au/damimprovement and click the Leslie Harrison Dam link. For more information email communications@seqwater.com.au