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Pumpwerk Westhofen - Schwerte
© by Oskar C. Neubauer

Project: Pumpwerk Westhofen
Pumpwerk Westhofen - Schwerte
© Oskar C. Neubauer
Location: Hagener Straße
58239 Schwerte
Year: 1918-22 / 2010-11 (Umbau)
Epoch: - not specified -
Designer/office: - keine Angabe -

Builder: Wasserwerke Westfalen GmbH (modification)
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The hydro-electric plant was built in 1918-1922 and has been in operation almost unchanged. It still features its original piston pumps.
Here, the River Ruhr is dammed up by a complete weir system across a total of six weir fields. The DEW (Dortmunder Energie- und Wasserversorgung GmbH) run-of-river power station’s four turbines convert the run-of-river energy into mechanical energy for pumps. That’s why Dortmunders simply call it “Pumpwerk Westhofen”.
The attractive building is listed and has four turbines to cover a 5m fall.

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