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Bassin du Lampy, Saissac

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The Bassin de Lampy was created during 1777 and 1781 when a dam was placed on the Lampy Valley in the Aude department in south-central France. The reservoir provides a source of water for the Canal du Midi. It was originally proposed in 1665 by the commission created by Louis XIV of France to evaluate Pierre-Paul Riquet's plan for the canal enterprise.
The original reservoir in support of the canal was at Bassin de St. Ferréol. In 1776 a link was provided between the canal and the Aude and the Canal de la Robine at Narbonne. This connection and an increase in barge traffic led to a requirement for more water.
A short time after the dam was complete, leaks were found. They were stopped by pouring a large quantity of quick lime into the reservoir. The particles of lime thus suspended and were carried into the leaking areas and filled all the openings in the joints of masonry and even into the stone.
The feeder canal from the basin to the canal is 52,552m.
The basin covers some 24 hectares and contains some 1,600,000 cubic metres of water. It flows into the Bassin de St. Ferréol.
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  • We followed signs from Saissac to find this small lake which is also a reservoir. The views are stunning and despite there being a few other people there, all you could hear was the wind rustling in.....  more »
  • A Lake without real landscaping for bathing and that attracts many people on days of great warmth, inevitably. The place has a certain natural charm, but do not go out of the beaten path if you want to avoid falling on a "wild" toilet.
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  • The basin of the Lampy is a reservoir that arrives in addition to the basin of Saint-Ferréol for the water supply of the Canal du MIDI. The length of the flow between the basin of the Lampy and the Canal du MIDI is 52 552 m. it pours, at the level of the dam, into a section of gutter, joining the place-called ' Lampy-Vieux ', and after a course of 900 m. about the channel of the mountain. After the breakthrough of the Cammazes in the Lake of Saint-Ferréol, after a 28 km course between the water intake of Alzeau (upstream of the Lampy basin) and the basin of Saint-Ferréol. (source Wikipedia)
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