Chingaza Dam

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Chingaza Dam
Official name Chingaza Dam
Location Administrative Department of Cundinamarca, Colombia
Coordinates 4°31′N 73°44′W / 4.52°N 73.74°W / 4.52; -73.74Coordinates: 4°31′N 73°44′W / 4.52°N 73.74°W / 4.52; -73.74
Operator(s) Empresa de Acueducto y Alcantarillado de Bogotá – E.S.P. (Bogotá Water and Wastewater Company)
Dam and spillways
Impounds Guatiquia River
Height 120 m (390 ft)
Reservoir
Creates Chuza Reservoir

Chingaza Dam is a large dam in Colombia which supplies water to the capital city of Bogota. The dam, on the Guatiquia River, is in the Chingaza National Park, 55 km northeast of Bogota.

The dam is gravel fill with a concrete face. Behind the dam, Chuza Reservoir holds 223,000,000 cubic metres (59×10^9 US gal).[1]

History of conflict[edit]

In January 2002, rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) damaged the dam in an act of terrorism by placing an explosive on a gate valve in one of the dam's tunnels.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ingetec S.A. Water and Wastewater Systems". Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Water Conflict Chronology". Pacific Institute, Oakland, California. Retrieved 2008-12-16.