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Elko Dam

ELK RIVER 70 KM SE OF CRANBROOK

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Elko Dam
Completed: 1924
Operator: BC Hydro
Type: Run of the River

HISTORY

Built one mile south of the Elk River, 70km south-east of Cranbrook, south of Elko on the Elk River, the East Kootenay Power Company completed construction of the Elk River Dam in 1924. Construction began on the tunnel in 1922 and the powerhouse in 1923. It is a concrete diversion dam that is 16 metres tall and 66 metres long. It was built to allow high water levels to easily pass over the dam during spring run off. The headpond has a surface area of 10 hectares and stores 600 000 cubic metres.

The water flows through a penstock from the dam through a pipe 1066 metres in length that consists of a 457 m. concrete pipe (originally a wood stave pipe) and a 609 m. concrete lined tunnel. Then through two steel pipes to the turbines in the power house which contains 2 Francis turbines.

The power was first used by the Sullivan Mine in Kimberley and supplemented the supply from the dam on the Bull River and powered the towns of Fernie, Cranbrook and Kimberley and the surrounding areas.


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Elko Dam
Elko Dam

Elko Dam on the Elk River, operated by BC hydro.
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