Modderpoort Dam

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Modderpoort Dam
Official name Modderpoort Dam
Location Northern Cape, South Africa
Coordinates 31°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 date 1953
Operator(s) Department of Water Affairs and Forestry
Dam and spillways
Type of dam buttress & earth-fill
Impounds Rietfontein River
Height 15 metres (49 ft)
Length 710 metres (2,330 ft)
Creates Modderpoort Dam Reservoir
Total capacity 10,000,000 cubic metres (350,000,000 cu ft)
Surface area 125 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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