Dam Building in Atherton Tablelands


Design, Build & Repair

Knowledgeable and experienced with all aspects of earthmoving and excavation for dam building, Watto’s Earthmoving & Machinery Hire in Atherton Tablelands can design and build a dam to accommodate all requirements. Whether you need a dam for drinking water, livestock or crop production, we can help.

When it comes to water storage, understanding the intricacies of erosion, overflow channelling and nutrient supply, our key considerations are depth impact and safety. That’s why we begin every dam building project with an onsite inspection, enabling us to survey the land and determine whether it’s suitable to accommodate a dam, without creating environmental and safety issues.

Sediment control can be a big concern when it comes to dams, we design and construct them in a way that helps to minimise sediment build up, slowing down the pooling process of silt.
We are fully equipped
With an extensive fleet of earthmoving and excavation machinery, to undertake even the most complex builds for all types of commercial, civil and agricultural properties, even private dam projects for personal use.

Our fleet includes:
  • Dozers
  • Excavators
  • Scrapers
  • Rollers
  • Trucks
Our experienced team will make sure your project meets all the specifics while being delivered on time.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I build a dam on my property?
Before building a dam in Queensland, it’s important to obtain relevant approvals first. According to the Planning Act 2016, building new dams or modifying existing ones that are considered referable dams under the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008, are seen as assessable development.
What is a referable dam?
Prior to construction, dams are first risk assessed to make sure they will not cause any personal injury, economic or environmental damage to your property and those that surround it. A dam is referable when a failure impact assessment shows that its failure could put at least 2 people at risk.
Can I get a rebate for building a dam?
The Dam Desilting Rebate can give you up to a 25 per cent rebate of what you paid a private contractor to desilt your dam. This applies if your property is drought-declared or primarily used for livestock, among other conditions. Also note that there is a maximum of amount of $25,000 for every Property Identification Code per year. In the event the funds provided by the Australian Government are exceeded, the rebate can be ended on 30 June 2021 or sooner.