Woodstock Dam is located on the upper reaches of the Tugela, KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa and is the main source of water for the Thukela-Vaal Transfer Scheme.[1] The dam was commissioned in 1982, has a storage capacity of 373.26 million cubic metres (13.182×10^9 cu ft),[1] and a surface area of 29.129 square kilometres (11.247 sq mi)[citation needed], the dam wall is 54 metres (177 ft)[citation needed] high. The dam serves mainly for municipal and industrial water supply purposes and its hazard potential has been ranked high (3).[clarification needed]

Woodstock Dam
Kilburn Dam.JPG
Woodstock Dam in the background with Kilburn Dam in the foreground
Official nameWoodstock Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationKwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates28°45′36″S 29°14′45″E / 28.76000°S 29.24583°E / -28.76000; 29.24583Coordinates: 28°45′36″S 29°14′45″E / 28.76000°S 29.24583°E / -28.76000; 29.24583
PurposeIndustrial and domestic
Opening date1982
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damEarth fill dam
ImpoundsTugela River
Height54 m (177 ft)
Length865 m (2,838 ft)
Reservoir
CreatesWoodstock Dam Reservoir
Total capacity373.26×10^6 m3 (302,610 acre⋅ft)
Catchment area1,171 km2 (452 sq mi)
Surface area2,916 hectares (7,210 acres)
Power Station
TypePumped-storage
Woodstock dam's position in the Drakensberg Pumped Storage Scheme

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