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DAM. A construction of wood, stone, or other materials, made across a stream of water for the purpose of confining it; a mole.
     2. The owner of a stream not navigable, may erect a dam across it, and employ the water in any reasonable manner, either for his use or pleasure, so as not to destroy or render useless, materially diminish, or affect the application of the water by the proprietors below on the stream. He must not shut the gates of his dams and detain the water unreasonably, nor let it off in unusual quantities to the annoyance of his neighbors. 4 Dall. 211; 3 Caines, 207; 13 Mass. 420; 3 Pick, 268; 2 N. H. Rep. 532; 17 John. 306; 3 John. Ch. Rep. 282; 3 Rawle, 256; 2 Conn. Rep. 584; 5 Pick. 199; 20 John. 90; 1 Pick. 180; 4 Id. 460; 2 Binn. 475; 14 Serg. & Rawle, 71; Id. 9; 13 John. 212; 1 McCord, 580; 3 N. H. Rep. 321; 1 Halst. R. 1; 3 Kents Com. 354.
     3. When one side of the stream is owned by one person and the other by another, neither, without the consent of the other, can build a dam which extends beyond the filum aqua, thread of the river, without committing a trespass. Cro. Eliz. 269; 12 Mass. 211; Ang. on W. C. 14, 104, 141; vide Lois des Bat. P. 1, c. 3, s. 1, a. 3; Poth. Traite du Contrat de Societe, second app. 236; Hill. Ab. Index, h.t.; 7 Cowen, R. 266; 2 Watts, R. 327; 3 Rawle, R. 90; 17 Mass. R. 289; 5 Pick. R. 175; 4 Mass. R. 401. Vide Inundation.

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Accordingly, the diversion arrangements for PHPA II have been designed for 1 in 25 years return period non-monsoon flood corresponding to 1, 118 cumecs: which means that the Coffer Dam is designed to overtop during the monsoon periods.
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With a view to carrying out construction work to modify the intake tunnel in accordance with its new design, a concrete coffer dam was built in the reservoir.
Contractor to be pursued for carrying out the work round-the-clock to attain maximum progress in the intake area before overlapping the coffer dam.
Resultantly, the work on intake of tunnel 4 will have to be stopped due to overlapping of coffer dam. This eventuality is likely to adversely affect the on-going works on T-4 project, as completion of coznstruction work on the intake of tunnel 4, which was planned to be completed by mid July 2016.
Resultantly, the work on intake of tunnel 4 will have to be stopped due to overlapping of coffer dam. This eventuality is likely to adversely affect the on-going works on T-4 project, as completion of construction work on the intake of tunnel 4, which was planned to be completed by mid July 2016.
Under the terms of the contract, CHEC will be responsible for the construction of the bund wall and coffer dam, sourcing and transporting rock armour and materials to Swansea Bay, and managing all landside and marine crews associated with this element of the build.
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The work includes excavation, construction of a temporary coffer dam, temporary erosion and sedimentation control, removal and replacement of a slide gate and removal of trees, stumps and debris.