What are dams?

A dam can be defined as an impervious barrier or an obstruction built across a natural stream or river to store the water on upstream of it up to a certain level. The dam is constructed to serve many useful purposes.

Benefits of dam

  • The stored water can be used for irrigation.
  • It forms a very good source of water supply.
  • It can be useful for flood control.
  • The dam with its surroundings provides a good place for picnic, boating, swimming and skilling and also a place of tourism importance.
  • The reservoir provides a good place for fisheries breathing a fish which helps to strengthen the economy of the country.
  • It helps navigation.

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