Laing Dam

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Laing Dam
Official nameLaing Dam
LocationEastern Cape, South Africa
Coordinates32°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 date1938 (renovated 1950)
Operator(s)Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Dam and spillways
Type of damgravity
ImpoundsBuffalo River
Height45 m
Length283 m
CreatesLaing Dam Reservoir
Total capacity19 860 000 m³
Catchment area913 km2
Surface area203.8 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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