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Backwater Dam

A beautiful stretch of open water.

This reservoir holds the main supply of water for Angus and Dundee, Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie. From here it is piped to the treatment works at Lintrathen and then onwards to the final destinations. Built in the mid-1960s, the reservoir was officially opened by the Queen in 1969.

The dam is 800 metres long and it holds back 25 million cubic metres of water in a man-made loch stretching over three kilometres (about 2 miles) in length, taking in the old farm of MacRitch.

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