somerset damscape from the passenger's seat
(Somerset I think) One of the dams that supplies water to Brisvegas and feeds the Wivenhoe Dam, subject of recent Brisvegas flood inquiries.
Somerset Dam (also known as Lake Somerset) with its 237 kilometres of shoreline is a paradise for fishing and water sports, picnics and bbqs. Only a one hour drive from Brisbane, vacations here offer active fun or more sedate leisurely pursuits. The area is surrounded by spectacular mountains, unspoiled bushland, lakes, rivers and hidden valleys. On its shores is Somerset town which was built to house the dam construction workers. Other picturesque country towns and villages with their pubs, cafes, bakeries and restaurants are only a short drive away.
Construction of the town and dam, which were named after a local grazier and MLA for Stanley, Henry Plantagenet Somerset, began in 1935 with dam works completed in 1959. Work was suspended during the war to commence again in 1948. The dam is a mass concrete gravity type, 305 metres long with a maximum thickness at the base of the wall of approximately 41 metres. The 203,000 cubic metres of concrete used in its construction resists the thrusts of water by its weight alone. With a storage capacity of 904,000 megalitres the dam supplies water to Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, and Redcliffe, the northern sections of the Gold Coast city and the shires of Beaudesert, Esk and Kilcoy.
Water is released from Somerset Dam through the hydro power station. From there it flows into Wivenhoe Dam which was built in 1984. Water is released from Wivenhoe Dam into Brisbane River and is extracted at the Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant in western Brisbane.