Spioenkop Dam

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Spioenkop Dam
Spioenkop Dam-001.jpg
Spioenkop Dam seen from the R600 road
Spioenkop Dam is located in South Africa
Spioenkop Dam
Location of Spioenkop Dam in South Africa
Official nameSpioenkop Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationKwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates28°41′S 29°31′E / 28.683°S 29.517°E / -28.683; 29.517Coordinates: 28°41′S 29°31′E / 28.683°S 29.517°E / -28.683; 29.517
PurposeIrrigation
Opening date1972
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damEarth fill dam
ImpoundsTugela River
Height53 m
Reservoir
CreatesSpioenkop Dam Reservoir
Total capacity272,265 megalitres (272.265 hm3)
Catchment area2,452 square kilometres (947 sq mi)
Surface area15.314 km2

Spioenkop Dam impounds the Tugela River in KwaZulu-Natal. It is located within a nature reserve by the same name. The dam was commissioned in 1972, has a capacity of 272,265 cubic metres (9,614,900 cu ft), and a surface area of 15.314 square kilometres (5.913 sq mi), the dam wall is 53 metres (174 ft) high. Spion Kop (hill) is located 2.5 km to the north of the dam.

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