Goedertrouw Dam

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Goedertrouw Dam
Official nameGoedertrouw Dam
LocationKwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Coordinates28°45′52″S 31°25′46″E / 28.76444°S 31.42944°E / -28.76444; 31.42944Coordinates: 28°45′52″S 31°25′46″E / 28.76444°S 31.42944°E / -28.76444; 31.42944
Construction began1980
Opening date1982
Operator(s)Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Dam and spillways
Type of damearth-fill
Height88 m
Length660 m
CreatesGoedertrouw Dam Reservoir
Total capacity301 000 000 m³
Catchment area1270 km2
Surface area1200 ha

Goedertrouw Dam is an earth-filled dam in South Africa. The Dam was constructed on the Mhlathuze River, near Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, in 1980 (commissioned in 1982). It currently has a capacity of 301 million m3 and is principally for provision of water to the industrial complex at Richards Bay. It serves also as reservoir for irrigation and domestic use. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high (3).

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