Waterdown Dam

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Waterdown Dam
Official name Waterdown Dam
Country South Africa
Location Near Whittlesea, Eastern Cape
Coordinates 32°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
Purpose Household
Opening date 1958
Owner(s) Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Earth fill dam
Impounds Klipplaat River
Height 38 metres (125 ft)
Length 240 metres (790 ft)
Creates Waterdown Dam Reservoir
Total capacity 38,400,000 cubic metres (1.36×109 cu ft)
Catchment area 602 km2
Surface area 261 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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