Mthatha Dam

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Mthatha Dam
Official nameMthatha Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationMthatha, Eastern Cape
Coordinates31°33′2″S 28°44′24″E / 31.55056°S 28.74000°E / -31.55056; 28.74000Coordinates: 31°33′2″S 28°44′24″E / 31.55056°S 28.74000°E / -31.55056; 28.74000
PurposeIndustrial and domestic
Opening date1977
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damEarth fill dam
ImpoundsMthatha River
Height38 metres (125 ft)
Length620 metres (2,030 ft)
Reservoir
CreatesMthatha Dam Reservoir
Total capacity253,674,000 cubic metres (8.9584×109 cu ft)
Catchment area886 km2
Surface area2,541.7 hectares (6,281 acres)

Mthatha Dam is an earth-fill type dam located on the Mthatha River, near Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was established in 1977 and serves mainly for municipal and industrial purposes. Its hazard potential has been ranked high (3).

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