Kommandodrif Dam

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Kommandodrif Dam
Official nameKommandodrif Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationNear Cradock, Eastern Cape
Coordinates32°7′1″S 26°3′9″E / 32.11694°S 26.05250°E / -32.11694; 26.05250Coordinates: 32°7′1″S 26°3′9″E / 32.11694°S 26.05250°E / -32.11694; 26.05250
PurposeIrrigation
Opening date1956
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damearth-fill/rock-fill
ImpoundsTarka River
Height38 m
Length518 m
Reservoir
CreatesKommandodrif Dam Reservoir
Total capacity58 900 000 m3
Catchment area6 331 km2
Surface area879 ha

Kommandodrif Dam is an earth-fill/rockfill type dam located on the Tarka River, near Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The dam has a capacity of 58,900,000 cubic metres (2.08×109 cu ft), the wall is 38 metres (125 ft) high. The dam is included in the Commando Drift Nature Reserve and its main purpose is to serve for irrigation use. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high (3).

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