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ANCOLD Guidelines have been developed to share good Australian practice for large and small, water and tailings dams.

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ANCOLD guidelines are applicable for water or tailings dams with the potential to cause loss of life or significant environmental or physical damage through operation or failure.  Although prepared for dams which would normally be at least 10 to 15m high ANCOLD guidelines can also be used to assist with decisions on smaller dams, particularly where a dam or series or dams creates the potential for loss of life or significant damage.

ANCOLD guidelines are not a design, construction or operation code and practitioners must apply their own considerations, judgements and professional skills when designing, operating and managing dams.

As time goes on there will be improvement in contemporary dam practice and it is intended that ANCOLD guidelines will be updated as circumstances dictate. ANCOLD welcomes comments which will assist with future revisions.

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