The water supply system for the Liquation Works can essentially be divided into water supplied from the Flöha river, and water supplied from the Natzschung river. Thanks to the morphology on one hand and the considerable amount of water supplied on the other, there was enough motive water to operate the technical facilities. Water from the Natzschung was taken from several smaller weir systems and supplied to the prime movers via manmade or motive-water ditches. The most common prime movers were water wheels. These drove the numerous bellows required for all sorts of processes at the Works. The bellows were predominantly box-shaped. Water wheels also operated the tail hammers for the hammer works, stamp mills and other technical systems via camshafts. The motive water stored in manmade pools, here called Hüttenteiche (“Works Ponds”) served to supply what was needed in times of low precipitation. Differentiation was made between the upper and lower ponds. A third manmade pool, which was filled in at the start of the 20th century, was located between the workers’ houses and the refining house. The water could be channelled into different manmade ditches and supplied to respective consumers. The majority of the ditches on the premises have survived; one section, particularly on the Liquation Works site, is today water-free.

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