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Waterworks System
Naval Hill, Bloemfontein, Free State

Type:Water Treatment


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Alt: 1497m

The Free State Republic began building a waterworks system that would pump water from Maselspoort to Naval Hill. There is also a pumping station at the foot of Naval Hill with a reservoir, very similar to the reservoir at Oliewenhuis Art Museum which now forms part of their exhibition areas. However, the Free Staters could not get the works started before the Anglo-Boer War broke out.

The English did get the system up and running very quickly after the war and the first water came through from Maselspoort to Naval Hill in 1904. The pumping station at the foot of the hill is very clearly Wilhelmian influenced. The top of the main gable has obviously been replaced with a stone displaying Edward VII's emblem.

(Kobus Du Preez, 2022)