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The Revierwasserlaufanstalt Water-Storage System in Freiberg

The Revierwasserlaufanstalt Water-Storage System in Freiberg

Landestalsperrenverwaltung des Freistaates Sachsen
Ausgabe: 1. Auflage
Redaktionsschluss: 31.07.2009
Seitenanzahl: 6 Seiten
Publikationsart: Faltblatt
Format: DIN-lang
Sprache: englisch

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The system known as the “Revierwasserlaufanstalt Freiberg“ is made up of a broadly complex network of water galleries and manmade trenches. Its 70-kilometer length connects a total of ten lakes. The facilities began in 1524 between Freiberg and euwernsdorf near the Czech border and are still being developed today.

The origin of the water-storage network is closely tied to mining in the Ore Mountains. In 1168 silver was found near Freiberg, and mining followed quickly thereafter. Silver accumulated near the surface and could be extracted without much effort. But between the 15th and 16th centuries, the deposits were exhausted. From then on the miners had to follow the lodes deep into the earth, making it necessary to drain the mining system. Hydraulic power supplied the energy for this. It was also used to carry rocks to the stamping mills and washeries and for processing. Due to the enormous water demand, aboveground reservoirs, called mining lakes, eventually were created.