Kwena Dam

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Kwena Dam
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Kwena Dam wall
Kwena Dam is located in South Africa
Kwena Dam
Location of Kwena Dam in South Africa
Official nameKwena Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationLydenburg, Mpumalanga
Coordinates25°21′45″S 30°22′30″E / 25.36250°S 30.37500°E / -25.36250; 30.37500Coordinates: 25°21′45″S 30°22′30″E / 25.36250°S 30.37500°E / -25.36250; 30.37500
PurposeDrinking water and irrigation
Opening date1984
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damArch-gravity dam
ImpoundsCrocodile River
Height50 metres (160 ft)
Length1,783 metres (5,850 ft)
CreatesKwena Dam Reservoir
Total capacity160,800 megalitre[1]
Catchment area954 km2
Surface area12.504 hectares (30.90 acres)[2]

Kwena Dam is a combined gravity & arch type dam located on the Crocodile River, near Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa. It was established in 1984 and it serves mainly for irrigation purposes. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high (3).

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  1. ^ "State of Dams in Mpumalanga Province as on 20091214 - Full Storage Capacity in million cubic meters (Nett)". Department of Water Affairs (South Africa). Retrieved 20 December 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "List of Registered Dams - September 2009". Department of Water Affairs. September 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010.