King Talal Dam
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|King Talal Dam Key Facts|
|Name||King Talal Dam|
|Height (above riverbed)||92 metres|
|Area at retention level||- km²|
|Catchment Area||- km²|
|Gross Storage Capacity||86,000,000 m³|
|Live Storage Capacity||78,000,000 m³|
|Dead Storage||8,000,000 m³|
|Retention Level||- metres amsl|
|Main Spillway Capacity||- million ft³/s|
|Design Flood Discharge||- million ft³/s|
|Hydropower Generation||- MW|
|Maximum Discharge||- million ft³/s|
|Total Volume of Dam||- million cubic metres|
The King Talal dam was started in 1971, with the original construction being completed in 1977. In 1984, to meet the country's increased water demands, work to raise the dam further was begun, a project that was completed in 1988 at a cost of $90 million.
The King Talal Dam is a big contribution to renewable energy in Jordan.
Before the water of the Zarqa river became controlled by the dam the lower river could only be passed at fords mentioned in ancient literature. A photograph of 1929 shows the archaeologist William F. Albright passing the river by a horse.
Literature: W.F. ALBRIGHT, New Israelite and Pre-Israelite Sites: The Spring Trip of 1929: BASOR 35 (1935) 1-14 (11).
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