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Zuurbekom Pumphouse
Westonaria district, Gauteng

Date:1899
Type:Waterpump
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
26°18'03.62" S 27°48'49.01" E Alt: 1563m

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Transcription of National Monuments Council plaque:

PUMPHOUSE
THE ZUURBEKOM PUMPHOUSE WAS ERECTED IN 1899 BY THE JOHANNES-
BURG WATERWORKS ESTATE AND EXPLORATION COMPANY LIMITED
AND TAKEN OVER BY THE RAND WATER BOARD IN 1905. PUMPS
HOUSED IN THIS BUILDING DELIVERED THE FIRST CONTINUOUS
WATER SUPPLY TO THE CENTRAL WITWATERSRAND AND THUS
ENDED THE CHRONIC WATER SHORTAGES THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY
THREATENED PUBLIC HEALTH AND IMPEDED DEVELOPMENT
OF THE TOWNS AND GOLD-MINES IN THE AREA. WATER OF
CONSISTENTLY GOOD QUALITY HAS BEEN SUPPLIED FROM THE
ZUURBEKOM WELLS WITHOUT INTERRUPTION SINCE 1899.
National Monuments Council
POMPHUIS
DIE ZUURBEKOM POMPHUIS IS IN 1899 DEUR DIE JOHANNESBURG
WATERWORKS ESTATE AND EXPLORATION COMPANY LIMITED GEBOU EN
IN 1903 DEUR THE RANDWATERRAAD OORGENEEM. POMPE GEHUISVES
IN HIERDIE GEBOU HET DIE EERSTE STANDHOUDENDE WATER-
TOEVOER AAN DIE SENTRALE WITWATERSRAND GELEWER EN
SODOENDE DIE CHRONIESE WATERKORTE BEEINDIG WAT
VOORHEEN DIE OPENBARE GESONDHEID BEDREIG EN DIE
ONTWIKKELING VAN DIE DORPE EN GOUDMYNE IN DIE GEBIED
GESTREM HET. WATER VAN EGALIGE GOEIE GEHALTE WORD
SEDERT 1899 ONONDERBROKE UIT DIE ZUURBEKOMPUTTE GELEWER.
Raad vir Nasionale Gedenkwaardighede
1977

See also Single Quarters Building.


Writings about this entry

Richardson, Deidré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 215