Earth fill dam embankment

Balarud Dam

Balarud dam is located in Khozestan Province, 27km north of Andimeshk. It is an earthfill dam with a central clay core, 1070m in length and 77.5m high. It provides water for irrigation, potable water, industry and hydro power. It impounds a 131,000,000 m³ reservoir and its plant capacity is 4Mw.

Project Summary

  • Name
  • Balarud Dam
  • Location
  • Iran
  • Date
  • 2015
  • Client
  • Khuzestan Water & Power Authority
  • Contractor
  • Omran Maron
  • Instrumentation Specialist
  • Larzeh Sakht Savalan
  • Consultant
  • Dezab


Monitoring of the dam construction integrity and long-term safety is carried out by recording measurements in the following key areas:

Main dam body

  • Pore water pressures in the core
  • Effective stress in the core
  • Inclination in the core & shell
  • Settlement in the core &shell
  • Groundwater levels


  • Pore water pressures in the rock
  • Groundwater levels

Dam main drain

  • Seepage