In this paper, the transient response of an infinite reservoir is analyzed using the dual-reciprocity boundary element method. A vertical and an inclined-face rigid dam are analyzed under a transient loading. Sharan-type boundary-condition transmission is implemented in the formulation. The results are compared with the exact solution and those obtained by using the finite element method. It is seen that the application of the dual-reciprocity boundary element method is simpler and the results are in very good agreement with the exact solution and those obtained by using the finite element method. Keywords Dual-reciprocity boundary element method.