Electrical resistivity imaging and dye tracer test for the estimation of water leakage paths from reservoir of Akdegirmen Dam in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey

YILMAZ S., Köksoy M.

ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCES, vol.76, no.24, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 76 Issue: 24
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12665-017-7174-8
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus


The seepage occurrence from the reservoir on the right bank of the Akdegirmen Dam located in Afyonkarahisar province in the Turkey has been investigated. When the reservoir began to fill with water, a large amount of water seepage occurred at the dam. The seepage developed at the base of the spillway and the right downstream slope of the dam. The various attempts have been made to reduce the seepage using grouting. Although the additional grouting operations was reduced the seepage at the base of the spillway, there has not been a reduction in seepage at the water outlet location at the downstream slope. Electrical resistivity measurements along the eight lines with the dipole-dipole array and dye tracer tests were performed in order to identify the seepage locations. The interpretation of electrical resistivity data showed the distribution of strata and the seepage zone along the right downstream of the dam. Groundwater flow rates calculated from dye tests indicated that there is an excessive seepage south-eastwardly on the downstream slope of the dam. Integrated interpretation of resistivity data and dye tests indicate that the seepage paths are in the direction from NW to E and SE.