Health Check to Begin at Wilson Dam

Jun 16, 2015

FLORENCE, Ala. — The Tennessee Valley Authority will be conducting core drilling at Wilson Dam starting this week and lasting for about two months. The samples are being collected for a geotechnical evaluation of the dam as part of an ongoing “health check” of all 49 dams in the TVA system.

The drilling should not affect operations at the dam, although some equipment used during the procedure may be visible from the road over the dam, various overlooks and parking area. Visitors are reminded not to pass any barricades or caution tape for their own safety. Parking and boat ramp at the Rockpile should not be affected.

TVA’s dams are performing as designed, and the health check is part of a continuous improvement campaign to ensure TVA’s dams meet today’s stringent industry safety standards. The drilling does not harm the dam structure and any openings are appropriately refilled and sealed.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.


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