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Outlet Configuration

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When deciding to replace or upgrade your outlet works, a number of considerations should be taken into account. A few questions to ask yourself:

  1. Do I need to make regular releases? If so, a gate that is easy to access and operate is needed. If not, and your dam is not very high, a siphon may meet your needs.
  2. Is my dam remote and difficult to access? If so, a low-maintenance system may be best.
  3. Is ice damage a concern? If so, caution with use of inclined slide gates and in reservoir gate towers is advised.
  4. Is there a significant amount of debris in my reservoir? Special attention to design and location of the intake structure is warranted.

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Note: The content on this page was originally created as part of (DOWL, 2018). It has subsequently been updated and reformatted as part of the Dam Safety Toolbox.
Revision ID: 4737
Revision Date: 12/02/2022