Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The Almonte Hydro Dam

We visited the Almonte dam, the refurbishments are coming along. You can see the development through my page here. I've watched it for years, they began working on the notion of the project in 2012. There was some controversy, Almonte Hydro Dam Progress.

They are making progress. The stone building was a mill, now they are condos. The adjacent, 2-story part are more condos. The building on the far left, I'm not sure about!

What I noticed is that the bridge is falling apart. They have reinforced it on the side where the water hits. The bridge is closed to foot traffic, although people sneak around it, I think.

The redevelopment would increase the amount of power generated in downtown Almonte from 350 kilowatts at the current site to 995 kilowatts. There would be a new powerhouse containing two turbines and a type of dam that allows water to pass overtop.

It makes sense to harness the power of the water, despite the numerous protests! ISn't it powerful?

There was flooding one year. Flooding in Almonte Hydro Dam 2014,


Anvilcloud said...

I didn't know that the bridge was closed even to foot traffic. That's a problem for the new trail.

Lowcarb team member said...

Water can be so powerful and we do have a lot of it ... makes sense to use it the very best we can ... but not to waste or pollute it!

All the best Jan

Nancy J said...

Water or wind as opposed to nuclear power any day.A lot of water rushing down, I would not want to live or work too close to the edge. So good to see photos over the years.

Christine said...

hope they fix the whole bridge soon!

William Kendall said...

The flooding is formidable.