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At first glance you might mistake a bell-mouth spillway for a watery vortex into another dimension. What can only be described as a giant hole in the water is actually a method for controlling the release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area. These spillways help prevent floods from ‘dam’-aging or destroying a dam.

SPILLWAYS

  • A spillway is a structure used to provide for the controlled release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area, typically being the river that was dammed
  • Spillways release floods so that the water does not overtop and damage or even destroy the dam. Except during flood periods, water does not normally flow over a spillway.
  • In contrast, an intake is a structure used to release water on a regular basis for water supply, hydroelectricity generation, etc.
  • Floodgates and fuse plugs may be designed into spillways to regulate water flow and dam height.
  • Other uses of the term “spillway” include bypasses of dams or outlets of a channels used during highwater, and outlet channels carved through natural dams such as moraines
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BELL-MOUTH SPILLWAYS

  • Some spillways are designed like an inverted bell so that water can enter all around the perimeter. These uncontrolled spillway devices are also called:morning glory, plughole, glory hole, or bell-mouth spillways.
  • In areas where the surface of the reservoir may freeze, bell-mouth spillways are normally fitted with ice-breaking arrangements to prevent the spillway from becoming ice-bound

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LADY BOWER RESERVOIR
  • The images above are from the spillways located at the Ladybower Resevoir.
  • The Ladybower Reservoir is a large Y-shaped reservoir, the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, England.
  • The River Ashop flows into the reservoir from the west; the River Derwent flows south, initially through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent Reservoir, and finally through Ladybower Reservoir.
  • Its longest dimension is just over 3 miles (5km), and at the time of construction it was the largest reservoir in Britain (1943)

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MONTICELLO DAM

  • The Monticello Dam is a dam in Napa County, California, United States constructed between 1953 and 1957.
  • It is a medium concrete-arch dam with a structural height of 304 ft (93 m) and a crest length of 1,023 ft (312 m).
  • It contains 326,000 cubic yards (249,000 m³) of concrete. The dam impounded Putah Creek to cover the former town of Monticello and flood Berryessa Valley to create Lake Berryessa, the second-largest lake in California.
  • The capacity of the reservoir is 1,602,000 acre•ft (1,976,000 dam³). Water from the reservoir is supplied mostly to the North Bay area of San Francisco.
  • The dam is noted for its classic, uncontrolled spillway with a rate of 48,400 cubic feet per second (1370 m³/s) and a diameter at the lip of 72 ft (22 m). 


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