The effective capacity of the dam is at 247180 mega litres.
Construction of Lake Chivero dam started in 1950 and it was completed in 1952
Lake Chivero forms the main supply source for the City of Harare. The Lake is also used for irrigation by farmers dotted around the dam.
Dam type: It is an Earth fill type dam with its shell constructed from decomposed banded ironstone that forms the foundations of the dam. The dam has a Side Channel type of a spillway with a discharge capacity of 2150 m3/s.
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It is situated about 30km from Harare. The dam is accessed through the Harare-Norton high way.