D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station

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You can experience the power of steam at the D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station in Lemmer. The only steam-driven pumping engine in the world dates, from 1920 and was designed by engineer D.F. Wouda. It received the UNESCO status in 1998.

The Power of Steam

The Wouda Steam Pumping Station was built to pump away the excess water in Friesland. At full power, it could easily pump 4000 cubic meters of water per minute or approximately 6 million m³ of water per day. A combination of developments in pumping stations and reclamation of land meant less work for the D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station. Nowadays, it only works one week a year.

Fans of Technique

D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station in Lemmer is the largest steam pumping station ever built, and is the only steam-driven pumping engine in the world that still serves its original purpose. Many technology enthusiasts from all over the world have already enjoyed a tour of this incredible piece of industrial design.

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