TVA Inspects The Guntersville Dam As Part Of Safety Program

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The TVA is doing a safety inspection on the Guntersville Dam.

Have you ever had a look at the Guntersville Dam from underwater?

Probably not.

Many people don’t get the chance to see that view, but it’s crucial to the TVA because it’s part of a facility-wide safety inspection process.

“Part of the reason for the program is to show our dam safety awareness and how we take a health check process in a viable dam safety aspect,” TVA Program Manager Bernie Auld says.

The underwater view comes from a remote operated vehicle or ROV. The small device looks like a tiny submarine, and is operated from the surface with a controller.

The device is crucial to seeing the status of the dam underwater to make sure everything is working as it should.

This particular safety inspection comes every five years.

“Part of our program, we are involved in five-year inspections, 15-month inspections and monthly inspections,” Auld says.

The entire dam undergoes a safety inspection.

“Within the program as well not only are we involved in inspections, in our dam safety program there’s an operation and maintenance portion of that,” Auld says.

The review will take at least two days to complete.

1 Comment

  • Nuclear Mike

    Too bad that TVA “forgot” to inspect the ash pond dams to save budget money which became America’s most expensive clean-up as the ash pond dam failed…so good to see TVA performing their 5 year inspection plan on their major dams to keep all of us from drowning…

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