Bendora Dam is a double curvature concrete arch dam. It was completed in 1961. The Bendora Gravity Main, from Bendora Dam to Mount Stromlo, was constructed in 1967. This main enabled water to travel from the dam to Mount Stromlo Water Treatment Plant using gravity as the dam is at a higher elevation than the treatment plant. The gravity main avoided the high cost of pumping required to access water from Cotter Dam.
Storage Capacity: 11,400 million litres* fed from a 290 square kilometre catchment which also includes the Corin Dam.
Top water level: 778.2m above sea level
The Bendora Gravity Main is a 1500mm diameter steel pipe that carries water by gravity to the treatment plant on Mount Stromlo to the west of Canberra. The Bendora Gravity Main, constructed in 1967, is 20 kilometres long and has a capacity to carry 310 million litres of water per day.
For information about current road access for the dam, please visit the Transport Canberra and City Services website