Dam Safety Technical Resources

These documents, templates and links provide helpful information and guidance for dam owners and operators and their consultants when designing new dams, undertaking inspections, maintenance and surveillance, or assessing deficiencies at an existing dam.


Inspection and Maintenance of Dams training courses are conducted periodically by the BC Water and Waste Association and the Water Supply Association of BC. For more information on dam safety training, contact the Dam Safety Section by email or by phone at 250 952-6790.

Design Aids

Inspection, Maintenance, Surveillance and Deficiencies

Other Templates

  • Joint Works Agreement for Dams with Multiple Owners (PDF, DOC)

Dam Safety Review

Use these documents for guidance when undertaking dam safety reviews or analysis for hazard and failure modes.

Hazards and Failure Modes Analysis (HFMM)

Dam Safety Related Links

Major Hydropower Dam Owners

Dam Failures

Learn about the Testalinden dam failure that happened in 2010 and how its effects influenced the way dams are regulated today:

Review historical information about other failures: