About Berg River Dam
The Berg River Dam is a 68 m high dam on the Berg river in South Africa. It is the centerpiece of the Berg Water Project which is designed to capture the winter rainfall and store it for supply to Cape Town during the dry summer months.
The Berg River Dam was the first dam in South Africa to be designed, constructed and operated in accordance with the guidelines of the World Commission on Dams. Indigenous plants have been planted on the downstream face of the dam wall ensuring that the dam blends with the surrounding landscape.
The scheme was designed to maintain the ecological integrity of the river through the release of water through low flows and high flows that coincide as closely as possible with natural flow of the Berg River. It is the first dam in South Africa where provision is made for flood releases for environmental purposes.
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