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Until the 19th century the Rotterdammers got their drinking water from wells and the river Meuse. Many people died of diseases caused by dirty water. In 1869 the Municipality decided to build a water company to purify drinking water on the location of De Esch.

In 1874 the water company was ready and the citizens of Rotterdam got clean water. Sea ships in the Rotterdam harbour were also provided with water from De Esch, small boats filled with water went back and forth from the waterworks to the harbour. The water works were regularly extended and modernized through the years.

Many buildings are still standing and used for housing or other purposes. The area shows a fine example of industrial architectur of the last 2 centuries. The right top picture shows the location of the Loftboat, in the old water works harbour.

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