Located 27 km north of Port Lincoln, the Tod Reservoir is supplied by concrete channels fed from weirs constructed across the Tod River and its major tributary, Pillaworta Creek.
The reservoir is no longer supplying water, due to a steady increase in the salinity of the river.
Prior to the construction of the reservoir, the extension of railways through Eyre Peninsula in the early 1900s created a significant demand for water. The Tod River is the only stream on Eyre Peninsula with reliable water flows, so an earth embankment dam was built on it between 1918 and 1922.
During construction, three workers were killed in a cave-in, while another four died in two separate blasting accidents. A memorial to all seven men was erected at the picnic area near the embankment in 1982.
Capacity: 11,300 megalitres.
If this reservoir supplied the whole state, how long would this last? About 19 days.
Area of water spread: 134 hectares.
Open to the public? Yes. Access to picnic areas, toilets, BBQ, museum (open only on weekends) and tennis courts.
When can I visit? This reservoir is open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.
How full is this reservoir? We currently don't monitor this reservoir's volume.