Waterdown Dam

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Waterdown Dam
Official nameWaterdown Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationNear Whittlesea, Eastern Cape
Coordinates32°17′6″S 26°51′44″E / 32.28500°S 26.86222°E / -32.28500; 26.86222Coordinates: 32°17′6″S 26°51′44″E / 32.28500°S 26.86222°E / -32.28500; 26.86222
Opening date1958
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damEarth fill dam
ImpoundsKlipplaat River
Height38 metres (125 ft)
Length240 metres (790 ft)
CreatesWaterdown Dam Reservoir
Total capacity38,400,000 cubic metres (1.36×109 cu ft)
Catchment area602 km2
Surface area261 hectares (640 acres)

Waterdown Dam is an earth-fill type dam (reservoir) located on the Klipplaat River near Whittlesea, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It supplies Queenstown with drinking water and was established in 1958. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high (3).

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