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Brief: Water Management System of Augsburg added to UNESCO World Heritage List

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The Water Management System of Augsburg in Germany has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The system includes hydroelectric power stations that continue to operate today.

According to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, “The water management system of the city of Augsburg has evolved in successive phases from the 14th century to the present day. It includes a network of canals, water towers dating from the 15th to 17th centuries, which housed pumping machinery, a water-cooled butchers’ hall, a system of three monumental fountains and hydroelectric power stations, which continue to provide sustainable energy today. The technological innovations generated by this water management system have helped establish Augsburg as a pioneer in hydraulic engineering.”

Phys.org reports that the first large hydroelectric powerplant in Augsburg was built in the 19th century at Wolfzahnau. The names of the other hydro plants, and their capacities, were not readily available.