Gračanica Lake

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Coordinates 42°37′24″N 21°14′28″E / 42.6234°N 21.2412°E / 42.6234; 21.2412Coordinates: 42°37′24″N 21°14′28″E / 42.6234°N 21.2412°E / 42.6234; 21.2412
Primary inflows Gračanka river
Catchment area 109 km2 (42 sq mi)
Basin countries Kosovo
Max. length 4.6 km (2.9 mi)
Max. width 0.8 km (0.50 mi)
Surface area 1.7 km2 (0.66 sq mi)
Max. depth 29 m (95 ft)
Surface elevation 655 m (2,149 ft)
Islands 0

Badovac Lake (Serbian Cyrillic: Грачаничко језеро or Бадовачко језеро, Albanian: Liqeni i Graçanicës or Liqeni i Badovcit) is an artificial reservoirs on the river "Gračanka" two kilometers above Gračanica, Kosovo, built in 1963–1966 in order to supply city of Pristina with water. The dam height of 52 m, a width of 246 m, was built in Badovc ravine below Androvac mountains, near the mine "Rainwater".

When it is full, the lake is 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) long and up to 500 metres (1,600 ft) wide, maximum depth is 30 m, a total volume of 26 million cubic meters of water. The lake has a catchment area of 109 km2 (42 sq mi).[1] In February 2014, water levels were threatened, due to a very dry winter.[2]

During its construction displaced the Serbian village of Novo Selo, in Gaza waters of the lake, and Badovac, below the dam. With them were sunken remains of the old church of St. Archangel Church and cemetery in Novo Selo.

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  1. ^ Avdullahi, Fejza, Tmava. "Protecting water resources from pollution in the Lake Badovc". INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT. 3 (4): 567–576. ISSN 2076-2895. 
  2. ^ "Winter Drought Threatens Kosovo Capital's Water". 21 February 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015.