Bridle Drift Dam

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Bridal Drift Dam
Official nameBridal Drift Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationEast London, Eastern Cape
Coordinates32°59′22″S 27°43′14″E / 32.98944°S 27.72056°E / -32.98944; 27.72056Coordinates: 32°59′22″S 27°43′14″E / 32.98944°S 27.72056°E / -32.98944; 27.72056
PurposeIndustrial and domestic
Opening date1969
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damrockfill
ImpoundsBuffalo River
Height55 m
Length623 m
CreatesBridal Drift Dam Reservoir
Total capacity98 000 000 m3
Surface area735 ha

Bridal Drift Dam is a rock-fill type dam on the Buffalo River, near East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.[1] It was first constructed in 1969 and renovated in 1994. The purpose of the dam is for industrial and domestic use, the reservoir is now the main drinking water supply for Buffalo City.[2]

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  1. ^ "Bridle Drift RQS Dams". Department of Water Affairs, Republic of South Africa. 21 May 2004. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Municipality to supply water to 27000 people". Water Rhapsody. 11 September 2010. Archived from the original on 3 January 2011.