Tuesday, September 8, 2009

ROSS RIVER DAM

The Ross River Dam is located 15km south-west of Townsville, in northern Queensland, Australia.

The river flows from Lake Ross, through the city of Townsville, into the Pacific Ocean. It is the major waterway flowing through Townsville, and supplies the main water source for the city, the Ross River Dam.

Ross River is a locality south-east of Ross Lake. Ross River virus, the agent responsible for Ross River fever, is named after the Ross River, as it was the place where the virus was first identified.





















The Ross River Dam, aka Lake Ross, is the major source of water supply for the Townsville and Thuringowa cities. The dam was constructed at the junction of the Ross River and Five Head Creek. It was built to fulfill the two primary purposes of flood mitigation and water storage.

The river flows northward and bends east around Mount Stuart into the city. The Ross River has two distinctly different ecosystems. Above the Aplin's Weir is a fresh water environment and below the weir there is a salt water environment.

The Ross River Dam has a capacity of 214,000 mega litres covering approximately 8000 hectares and has an earth rock embankment 7.5km in length with a concrete spillway. The maximum height of the embankment is 27 metres. The catchments area is 75 000 hectares.



Water from the Ross River Dam Pump Station supplies up to 232 megalitres to the Douglas Water Treatment Plant where the water undergoes aeration, sedimentation, rapid sand filtration and chlorination treatment processes before it is pumped to the Douglas Reservoir System where the water is then distributed to Townsville and Thuringowa.





Ross River Dam is a very beautiful place and also the ideal place for picnic and outing. Usually in weekends I visit the dam and enjoy very much.











18 comments:

डॉ. रूपचन्द्र शास्त्री मयंक said...

So nice and beautiful.
aal the pictures are very attecttive.

chubskulit said...

I bet it is a relaxing place to spend with if you want to unwind or want to have some fun time with friends and family...

Thank you so much for your valuable visits and comments!

Destiny's child... said...

You are having a gala time, aren't you? Enjoy! :)

Singh Amit said...

beautiful post... :)
Informative too...
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Nazish Rahman said...

U r really enjoying...wish i was in your place...m jealous...hahahha!!!

great awesome pics...lovely!!!

BK Chowla said...

Nice pics and looks to be a nice place for retirement.

ज़ाकिर अली ‘रजनीश’ said...

कभी मौका मिला, तो हम भी देखेंगे।
-Zakir Ali ‘Rajnish’
{ Secretary-TSALIIM & SBAI }

Arkansas Patti said...

Thank you so much for visiting TNS and commenting. I really enjoyed your post about the Ross River. I do love to learn. Was amazed about the two different ecosystems.

Jeevan said...

I too love visiting dams and many a dams i had visited are surrounded by wonderful nature and forest. Thanks for the information about this dam and sure it must be exiting to watch the flow at nearby.

Margaret Cloud said...

This was so interesting, I like to read about these things. Thank you for comong by. Have a great week.

SG said...

Nice blog. Beautiful dam. Beautiful pictures.

Suchismita said...

Here, it is like going on vacation... very refreshing to read about places i havent been to!!

M VERMA said...

Beautiful --- very beautiful
All the photographs are alive and saying its story.

Mitr - Friend said...

Hi,
Nice place and nice pics... Liked your posts on Indian Fests. Good to see an NRI blog of Indian bondage...
Thanks for dropping by and commenting.. Welcome to my blog dear... Do drop in often.. Would love ur visits n comments...
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AJEYA RAO said...

Very nice blogs...YOu seem to be very creative person. Good to know you.

Rajesh said...

Very informative with beautiful snaps.

GMG said...

Hi Babli! Sorry for the long absence! Interesting post. Loved to see the pictures!!

Blogtrotter is now in Turkey. Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!

abdul hai said...

fantastic