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Meldon Dam
Meldon, near Okehampton, Devon, UK
associated engineer
Not known
date  1970 -1972
era  Modern  |  category  Dam/Reservoir  |  reference  SX562916
Meldon Dam blocks the West Okement River, creating a large reservoir to its south west (upstream) side. The reservoir supplies water to north and west Devon, and is used for trout fishing.
The dam is a concrete gravity structure 50.9m high, with a span of 201m. Construction began in 1970 in response to increasing demand for domestic water supply.
Meldon Dam is now owned and operated by South West Water. It generates some 9kW of hydroelectricity, which is used for instrumentation functions inside the dam.
The structure was the last dam to be built on Dartmoor, and is adjacent to the Granite Way cycle route.
Research: ECPK
bibliography
www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk
www.virtuallydartmoor.org.uk
www.westdevon.gov.uk
reference sources   CEH South
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Meldon Dam