Avis Dam

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Avis Dam
Avis-Damm mit Blick Richtung Auasberge

Avis dam with view towards Auasberge

Tributaries: 2 Riviere
Drainage: Klein-Windhoek-Rivier
Larger towns on the shore: Windhoek
Avis-Damm (Namibia)

Coordinates 22° 34′ 30″ S, 17° 7′ 48″ OCoordinates 22° 34′ 30″ S, 17° 7′ 48″O
Data on the building
Lock type: Dam
Construction time: ?–1933
Power plant output: no power station
Data on the reservoir
Storage room 2.4 million m³

Avis Dam is a dam in Namibia, on the eastern edge of Windhoek’s Avis district. The dam was completed in 1933[1] completed. Its reservoir has a capacity of about 2.4 million m³,[2] making it one of the smallest reservoirs in Namibia.

The Avis Dam is fed by two riviers and drained by the Klein Windhoek rivier. It is located in a popular recreational area of the Erosberg Mountains. Originally, the dam was intended to act as a sustainable drinking water reservoir for the city of Windhoek.
However, due to its small catchment area, the reservoir could not continuously meet these demands, with many years being unable to supply water at all due to weather conditions. Therefore, from 1958 onwards, the role of municipal water reservoir was increasingly taken over by the newly constructed and larger Goreangab Dam, so that Avis Dam is nowadays mainly appreciated as a recreational area.[3]

View from the dried up lake to the dam (2019)

View from the dam into the (2019) dried up lake

Current development

As part of the Windhoek River Walk Project, the City of Windhoek is planning a 20-kilometre walking trail in the Klein Windhoek Rivier from Goreangab to Avis Dam. This is to include paved walking and cycling paths and other facilities. Expenditure of 150 million Namibia dollars is planned for this.[4]

Individual references

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  3. Du Pisani PL (2005): Direct reclamation of potable water at Windhoek’s Goreangab reclamation plant (English) retrieved 22 June 2011
  4. New urban design for Goreangab Dam. New Era, 28. October 2014 retrieved 31. October 2014