Katse Dam

Trip Start Jan 30, 2009
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Trip End Aug 01, 2009


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Monday, March 9, 2009

The Katse Dam, part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project--Africa's largest dam project, eventually to include 5 large dams in remote rural areas--is a concrete arch dam on the Malibamat'so River in Lesotho.

The potential of the project was identified by the South African Civil Engineer Ninham Shand as a possible means to supplement the water supply to South Africa. The World Bank arranged for a treaty between the then-Apartheid government of South Africa and its much smaller neighbor, Lesotho, allowing execution of the project to proceed. Water delivery officially began on 22 January 1998. The dam currently supplies about 30 m/s of water to South Africa, which pays Lesotho $35 million per year, plus a variable royalty based on calculated water usage benefits.

It was a very interesting site to see and hear!
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