El Carrizal Dam

El Carrizal Dam

The El Carrizal Dam (in Spanish, "Embalse El Carrizal") is a dam on the upper-middle course of the Tunuyán River, in the center-north of the province of Mendoza, Argentina, at coord|33|18|0|S|68|43|15|W|, upstream from the city of Rivadavia. Its reservoir measures about 15×5 km, and its maximum water level stands at 785.5 m above the sea, covering an area of 31.47 km². It has a maximum volume of 327 million m³.

The dam is used to regulate the flow of the Tunuyán River, which comes from glacial sources in the Andes, and to irrigate the otherwise arid region. The reservoir is a tourist attraction and is employed for fishing, windsurfing, sailing, etc., while its shores feature camping sites and other lodging facilities.

The waters of the dam feed a hydroelectric power station, which was built in 1971 and has an installed power generation capacity of 17 MW.


* [http://www.rivadaviamendoza.gov.ar/ Municipality of Rivadavia]

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