Wagendrift Dam

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Wagendrift Dam
Official nameWagendrift Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationEstcourt, KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates29°03′S 29°50′E / 29.050°S 29.833°E / -29.050; 29.833Coordinates: 29°03′S 29°50′E / 29.050°S 29.833°E / -29.050; 29.833
PurposeIrrigation and domestic
Opening date1963
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damMulti-arch
ImpoundsBushman's River
Height41.15 m
Length281 m
CreatesWagendrift Dam Reservoir
Total capacity55 900 000 m3
Catchment area743 km2
Surface area508.4 ha

The Wagendrift Dam is a multi-arch type dam located on the Bushman's River, upstream of Estcourt, in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It was completed in 1963 and serves mainly for irrigation purposes, domestic water supply and industrial demands. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high (3).

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