Cuevas de Almanzora Dam
Cuevas de Almanzora Dam & Reservoir
The Cuevas de Almanzora Dam was built in 1986 on the Almanzora riverbed.
The dam is located in the bed of the Almanzora River, at the eastern end of the province of Almeria, in the municipality of Cuevas de Almanzora.
This reservoir is part of the Cuenca Mediterranea Andaluza (Almeria area).
The area of its basin is 2.122 km2, the volume of the reservoir is 169 hm3 and the surface of the reservoir is 526 hectares.
The type of dam is loose materials with inclined core. Mixed Floor: straight with two arches in the stirrups. The height of the foundation is 116,80 m and the crest length is 669 m.
The Cuevas de Almanzora Dam has a spillway of free lip using a trampoline with angle 25º up shoot located on the right abutment, under which pipelines run from the botton outlets and sockets exploitation.
The Cuevas de Almanzora Dam was built with this objetives:
– Supply to populations with a populatin equivalent of 120.000 people.
– Irrigation for about 4.500 hectares.
– Protection against floods.
This dam has been designed not only to regulate its own channel, but also as a store of tail contributions of the Tajo-Segura and in the future, the Guadiana Menor surplus.