Woodhead Dam : Western Cape

W Cape E Cape N Cape Gauteng KZN Mpumalanga Free State Northwest Limpopo

Woodhead Dam Max. capacity 0,93 mil.cub.m

On the Disa River Lat: -33.976484 Long: 18.402153
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City of Cape Town

Firstly, the 640m long Woodhead Tunnel was built between 1888 and 1891 to divert the Disa stream to the western slopes of Table Mountain. The Woodhead Dam was then built on the Disa stream in 1897. The Woodhead Dam was the first stonemasonry dam built to store water for Cape Town.  

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Ref 1: www.environment.gov.za/soer/reports/rivers/diep/Diep_HB_L_P.pdf

Useful links.
Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dam information and levels)