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Museum of Water and Fountains

Ottignies-Louvain-la-NeuveCarte wallonie


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Conference, training course, workshop, event [fr]

Photo gallery

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Musée de l'Eau et de la Fontaine

Rue du Bois des Rêves, 1

1340 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve




Technique   History   Sciences


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As everyone knows, the general problem of water has become and will increasingly be one of the major topics of concern in the early 1st century. Awareness of this problem among citizens and in particular among younger sections of the population has become one of the important areas of policies aimed at training and informing the population. Bearing all this in mind, the Museum of Water and Fountains® at Genval presents both unique collections relating to the history and distribution of water in our part of the world and elsewhere, and also--and this is very significant--a collection of items, notices and documents to do with the technical, scientific, human, geopolitical and environmental aspects of the issue of water resources in our present-day world. Still in the same spirit, guided tours, and information and training sessions, aimed above all, but by no means exclusively, at group groups, are organized on a regular basis at the Museum of Water and Fountains®, so that our future adults, and thus our future citizens and decision-makers too, are abreast of all the various aspects of the Water issue, and thus also aware of the choices that will have to be made in the future.
The goals of the Museum of Water and Fountains are: To inform and raise the awareness of the public and the powers-that-be in order to guarantee the conservation, restoration and improvement of fountains. This information programme will take the form of published articles, information, and documents dealing with the subject; the organization of cultural activities (exhibitions, lectures...); active cooperation with programmes whose aim is to promote our knowledge about water and fountains; the management of a museum of water and fountains bringing together every manner of exhibit and document illustrating in one way or another the history of fountains and the distribution of water down the centuries; the management of a documentation centre which will contain all publications and information about the background to, legends about and descriptions of fountains, as well as about the distribution of water and its techniques and technologies; the various professions involved--hydraulic engineers, fountain-builders, water-carriers, and water diviners... This documentation will be available to anyone wishing to consult it (students, historians, press...); cooperation with the authorities, associations and persons whose goals are similar to those of the asbl; the formulation of a national census of fountains in Belgium; participation, where possible, in the restoration and improvement of fountains. The building was copied in 1900 on the architecture of an old Rhenish monastery. It was constructed with the intention of opening hot baths at Genval in 1900, but these baths closed down in 1920. The buildings were used as industrial premises, and became a Schweppes bottling plant.