Welbedacht Dam

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Welbedacht Dam in the Caledon River, OFS Province of South Africa has a capacity of 10.2 million cubic metres at present.

The dam was completed in 1973 but due to siltation, the storage capacity reduced rapidly from the original 115 to approximately 16 million cubic metres during the first twenty years. It was constructed as the main storage element of the Caledon-Modder Transfer Scheme. 

Water is transferred via a 115 km long Caledon-Bloemfontein pipeline. Various towns along the way such as Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu, Dewetsdorp, Reddersburg and Edenburg are also supplied. Due to the high sediment concentration in the water, the transfer from Welbedacht Dam is first purified at the Welbedacht Purification Plant which is located downstream of the Dam. The purification plant has a capacity of 1.68 cubic metres per second.


Free State, Wepener. GPS: -29.8649006, 26.8847008