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Operating Procedures

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"The compilation of operating criteria, guidelines, and specifications that govern the storage and release function of a reservoir. It may also be referred to as operating rules, flood control diagram, or water control schedule. These are usually expressed in the form of graphs and tabulations, supplemented by concise specifications and are often incorporated in computer programs. In general, they indicate limiting rates of reservoir releases required or allowed during various seasons of the year to meet all functional objectives of the project." [1]


Learn more about the importance of maintaining operable gates from the failure of Lake Delhi Dam (

Learn more about the dangers of misoperation from the incident at Wivenhoe Dam (


Revision ID: 5614
Revision Date: 12/14/2022