Stompdrift Dam

Stompdrift Dam is a combined multi-arch and gravity type dam located on the Olifants River near De Rust, Western Cape, South Africa.[1]

Stompdrift Dam
Official nameStompdrift Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationDe Rust, Western Cape
Coordinates33°30′45″S 22°35′8″E / 33.51250°S 22.58556°E / -33.51250; 22.58556Coordinates: 33°30′45″S 22°35′8″E / 33.51250°S 22.58556°E / -33.51250; 22.58556
Opening date1965
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of dammulti-arch, gravity
ImpoundsOlifants River
Height37 metres (121 ft)
Length400 metres (1,300 ft)
CreatesStompdrift Dam Reservoir
Total capacity55,300,000 cubic metres (1.95×109 cu ft)
Catchment area5,224 square kilometres (2,017 sq mi)
Surface area620.8 hectares (1,534 acres)

It was constructed in 1965 and serves primarily for irrigation purposes. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high (3) because of inadequate capacity in the spillway and structural concerns.[2]

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  1. ^ "Stompdrift RQS Dams". Department of Water Affairs, Republic of South Africa. 21 May 2004. Archived from the original on 30 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Dam Safety Office 2011/2012 Annual Report" (PDF). Department of Water Affairs, Republic of South Africa. p. 22.