Olivenhain Dam

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Olivenhain Dam
Olivenhain Dam and reservoir in 2011 as seen from a helicopter
Olivenhain Dam is located in California
Olivenhain Dam
Location of Olivenhain Dam in California
Location Escondido, California
Coordinates 33°04′12″N 117°08′18″W / 33.07000°N 117.13833°W / 33.07000; -117.13833Coordinates: 33°04′12″N 117°08′18″W / 33.07000°N 117.13833°W / 33.07000; -117.13833
Status In use
Construction began 1998
Opening date 2003
Construction cost $203 Million USD
Owner(s) San Diego County Water Authority and Olivenhain Municipal Water District
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Gravity
Impounds None
Height 318 ft (97 m)
Length 2,400 ft (730 m)
Dam volume 1,300,000 m3 (46,000,000 cu ft)
Creates Olivenhain Reservoir
Total capacity 24,000 acre·ft (30,000,000 m3)
Surface area 200 acres (0.81 km2)
Maximum water depth 300 ft (91 m)

The Olivenhain Dam is a gravity dam near Escondido, California. The dam was constructed between 1998 and 2003 as part of San Diego's Emergency Storage Project with the primary purpose of water supply for municipal use. It does not sit on a river or stream but is supplied with water by a system of pumps and pipes. The dam is connected to Lake Hodges and the Second San Diego Aqueduct. It is constructed of roller-compacted concrete and is the first of its type in California.


Ladd Associates excavated the dam's foundation and removed 700,000 cu yd (540,000 m3) of material on an $8.4 million contract. Construction on the actual dam began in 2000 by Kiewit Pacific and in 2001, Morrison Knudsen Corp received a $23 million contract to install the pipeline. Concrete was poured into the dam in 12 ft (3.7 m) lifts and it was "topped off" on October 31, 2002. The entire structure to include the inlet/outlet works, crest roadway and mechanical work was complete in August 2003.[1] A 750 acres (3.0 km2) park was also constructed around the dam and reservoir site.[2]

The dam was designed by JV Parsons Engineering Science Inc and Harza Engineering Co. while being owned by the San Diego County Water Authority and the Olivenhain Municipal Water District.[1]

Aerial view of Olivenhain Reservoir and Dam looking toward the southwest.

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  1. ^ a b "Olivenhain Dam, San Diego County, USA". Water Technology. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Olivenhain Dam". Parson Engineering. December 2002. Retrieved 4 January 2011.