All Water in Motion and Reflections in Water Group
Completed in 1907, the Cataract Dam was the first of the four water supply dams in the Metropolitan Catchment Area constructed to provide a secure water supply to satisfy the demands of industrial, commercial and residential development of metropolitan Sydney up to circa1960.
The dam contains in-situ items of Federation era water delivery technologies developed by the Public Works Department that are unique such as the lenghts of iron discharge pipes, and system of penstocks, and valve tower water inlet system.
The site of the Cataract Dam also contains a number of resident maintenance men’s cottages and a residence used by board members of the Water Board that collectively continue to evoke the manner in which the dam was maintained and emphasise the importance of the dam to successive generations of management of the Water Board.
The setting of the dam’s picnic grounds within the plantations of pine trees amidst native bushland of the catchment, make the Cataract Dam one of the most attractive of the Metropolitan Dams to visit.
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