Von Bach Dam

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Von Bach Dam
Von Bach Dam is located in Namibia
Von Bach Dam
Location of Von Bach Dam in Namibia
Official name Von Bach Dam
Country Namibia
Location Okahandja, Otjozondjupa Region
Coordinates 22°0′50.49″S 16°57′12.73″E / 22.0140250°S 16.9535361°E / -22.0140250; 16.9535361Coordinates: 22°0′50.49″S 16°57′12.73″E / 22.0140250°S 16.9535361°E / -22.0140250; 16.9535361
Construction began 1968
Opening date 1970
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, rock-fill
Impounds Swakop River
Height 35 m (115 ft)
Height (foundation) 40 m (130 ft)
Length 270 m (890 ft)
Width (crest) 7 m (23 ft)[1]
Spillway type Chute
Total capacity 48.56×10^6 m3 (63,510,000 cu yd)
Surface area 4.89 km2 (1.89 sq mi)[2]

The Von Bach Dam (originally the Sartorius von Bach Dam) is a rock-fill embankment dam on the Swakop River near Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia. Built in 1968 and commissioned in 1970, the dam provides Namibia's capital of Windhoek with much of the city's water.[3] It also supplies Okahandja.[4] The dam has a capacity of 48.56 million cubic metres (63,510,000 cu yd).[5] Water from the reservoir is sent directly to a water treatment plant downstream. The treatment plant was completed in 1971 and upgraded in 1997.[6]


  1. ^ Olivier, Henry. Great dams in southern Africa. Purnell. p. 130. 
  2. ^ "Aquastat "Namibia Dams"". UN FAO. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Cloete, Luqman (21 February 2017). "NamWater opens Hardap Dam sluices". The Namibian. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Von Bach Dam Namwater
  5. ^ Menges, Werner; Haidula, Tuyeimo (5 March 2015). "Water worries for Windhoek". The Namibian. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "Water Treatment Plant Von Bach Water Treatment Plant". Nam Water. Retrieved 7 March 2015.