Laing Dam

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Laing Dam
Official name Laing Dam
Location Eastern Cape, South Africa
Coordinates 32°57′9″S 27°29′2″E / 32.95250°S 27.48389°E / -32.95250; 27.48389Coordinates: 32°57′9″S 27°29′2″E / 32.95250°S 27.48389°E / -32.95250; 27.48389
Opening date 1938 (renovated 1950)
Operator(s) Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Dam and spillways
Type of dam gravity
Impounds Buffalo River
Height 45 m
Length 283 m
Creates Laing Dam Reservoir
Total capacity 19 860 000 m³
Catchment area 913 km2
Surface area 203.8 ha

Laing Dam is a gravity type dam located on the Buffalo River, near East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was established in 1938 and has been renovated in 1950. The main purpose of the dam is to serve for irrigation and domestic use and its hazard potential has been ranked high (3).

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