With all the rain we’ve had, it would be logical to expect to see a good flow of water coming over the waterfalls at the Kent Dam but the waterfalls has been operated by a large pump system ever since we opened up the Dam 15 years ago.
Opening up the Dam did wonders for the oxygen levels and water quality of the river downstream — and there’s a lot of happy fish because of it — but we have to rely on those pumps to create the waterfalls and at the moment the pumps are waiting on repair parts so the waterfalls is temporarily out of commission.
We ordered back in April and we were told that they would arrive by mid-May. Apparently those projections were overly optimistic as we are still waiting for the parts that are on back-order.
With the arrival of nice weather there’s been a lot more people spending time down by the river and I’m sure they are wondering what’s happened to the waterfalls.Don’t despair, while we’ve been waiting for the parts, we’ve also been looking at ways we can manually start and stop the waterfalls until the parts arrive. The trouble is once we start the pumps manually we’d need to let them run continuously which given the large horsepower electric motors required to run the waterfalls could be expensive.
Hopefully the parts will arrive in time for the waterfalls to be operational by the Heritage Festival but as a last resort we are planning to start them manually for at least the Festival weekend.