D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station
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    The Wouda Pumping Station at Lemmer in the state of Friesland recognised in 1920. It is the huge steam-pumping station ever built and is still in process.
    It shows the high point of the position made by Netherlands engineers and architects in protecting their people and land against the natural forces of water.
    The advent of steam as a source of energy gave the Dutch engineers with a powerful tool in their millennial task of water management, and the Wouda installation is the biggest of its type ever built.
    The Wouda Pumping Station defines the apogee of Dutch hydraulic engineering, which has given the models and set the rules for the whole world for centuries. The Wouda pumping installations bear exceptional witness to the power of steam in controlling the forces of nature, notably as applied to water handling by Dutch engineers.