Water Mills in
Apuseni Mountains, Romania
is a tradition of using water mills in the Apuseni mountains in
Romania to power the milling of the local wheat.
The mill in the village of Uileac processes a max. capacity of
800 kg of flour a day, depending upon the level of water behind
Previously, the mill was pressing oil from sunflowers and pumpkin
seeds as well. Some water mills in the Apuseni mountains are still
but most of them have stopped production. Nevertheless, there
is great hydropower potential in the waters of many mountain rivers.
Improving the roads to and from the mills, as well as providing
distribution system for the flour, would help to preserve this
traditional, local, environmentally gentle way of milling.
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in Zheleznitsa, Bulgaria
village Zheleznitsa near Sofia, they have a valyavitsa, a traditional,
non-electric washing appliance. Here, local
people wash their clothes and carpets in the local stream. The
power of the falling water and the centrifugal force within the
system, which is
a cone-shaped keg, agitate and clean the clothes. The system
works without using washing powder that could spoil the water
of the stream.
Similar projects can be seen in many places around the country,
as they are relatively cheap to build.
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