Community Heritage Tours – Cotter Dam and Cotter Pumping Station

April 2, 2019

As a part of the 2019 ACT and Region Heritage Festival, Icon Water is hosting community tours to the Cotter Dam and Cotter Pumping Station.

These school holiday tours provide our community with the opportunity to visit the source of their water, and learn about Canberra’s urban water cycle, how we get drinking water to your tap and the history behind supplying water to the Bush Capital.

Visit the Cotter Dam - Discovery Tour on Tuesday 15 April.

Our new enlarged Cotter Dam was completed in 2013, which increased the water storage capacity from 4 gigalitres to 76 gigalitres. This increased the ACT’s water supplies by 35 per cent and improved our water security in response to the millennium drought. Cotter Dam is one of four dams that supply the ACT and Queanbeyan with water from the pristine Cotter catchment.

The Cotter Pumping Station is one of the ACT’s oldest buildings

The Cotter Pumping Station was built in 1915 to pump water from the Cotter Dam to Mount Stromlo. A fully booked tour on Wednesday 17 April will cover the techniques used to supply water for the Nation’s Capital between 1912 and 1965. The Cotter Pumping Station is still in working order today.

During both tours visitors will learn about the history of the Cotter River catchment and the dams and infrastructure that has been supplying Canberrans with fresh, clean water for over 100 years.
Tours are free but spaces are limited so be quick to register your attendance. The 17 April Cotter Pumping Station tour is fully booked.

Please note that all participants must wear long pants, long sleeves and close flat shoes as this is an active industrial site. For the safety of our community Icon Water will not be able to accept participants who do not wear the correct attire to the site.

For more information about these and other tour opportunities, and to book your place see