Modderpoort Dam

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Modderpoort Dam
Official nameModderpoort Dam
LocationNorthern Cape, South Africa
Coordinates31°56′50″S 22°8′1″E / 31.94722°S 22.13361°E / -31.94722; 22.13361Coordinates: 31°56′50″S 22°8′1″E / 31.94722°S 22.13361°E / -31.94722; 22.13361
Opening date1953
Operator(s)Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Dam and spillways
Type of dambuttress & earth-fill
ImpoundsRietfontein River
Height15 metres (49 ft)
Length710 metres (2,330 ft)
Reservoir
CreatesModderpoort Dam Reservoir
Total capacity10,000,000 cubic metres (350,000,000 cu ft)
Surface area125 hectares (310 acres)

Modderpoort Dam is a combined buttress & earth-fill type dam located on the Rietfontein River, near Beaufort West, Northern Cape, South Africa. It was established in 1953 and serves primarily for irrigation purposes. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked significant (2).

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