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A barrier of wood, masonry, concrete or earth, built across a river to create a reservoir of water for domestic and/or industrial usage.

Related Terms

Term Note
BARRAGE A manmade barrier built across a river in order to increase the depth of water.
HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATION Power generation by releasing stored water through a turbine driving a generator.
RESERVOIR A natural or artificial body of water where water is collected and stored for a specific use. Use specific term where known.
SURGE TOWER A hollow tower located at lower end of the descending pipelines of a hydroelectric power station that regulates air and water pressure.
WEIR A dam constructed on a canal or river or stream, designed to retain the water and regulate its flow.

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