World Water Day 22th March, 2017…

… excellent opportunity to see the Kőbánya Water Reservoir (posted 22 March, 2017)

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. The day focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in developing countries. The day also focuses on advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

On the World Water Day the Budapest Waterworks opens the Kőbánya Water Reservoir for school groups and on 25th March for public. The reservoir is a masterpiece of brickworks, well worth a visit. We offer guided tour to the Kőbánya Reservoir and other heritages of water and sewage treatment on Saturday, 22 March 2017.

Kőbánya Water Reservoir pic

You can see more information and photos of the Kőbánya Water Reservoir

Ybl Pump House Renovation Started…

… and will be reopened to public in autumn 2017 (posted 24 February, 2017)

It’s hard to believe that this elegant neo-Renaissance building near to the Ybl Bazaar used to be a pump station. The pump house was designed by Miklós Ybl (architect of the Opera House, Basilica, Palace of Customs and the Ybl Bazaar). Construction works of the pump station started in 1875, pumps were put in operation in 1877, and the building was completed in 1879. The purpose of the pump station was to provide water supply for the Castle and from 1881 for the Castle District. Unfiltered water was taken out directly from the Danube and was pumped through an artificial gravel bed deposited in an underground cistern system. Pumps were driven by steam engines, and the chimney of the boiler room was hidden in a nicely decorated tower.

Ybl Pump House pic

The pumping station ceased operation in 1905 and the building was used as concert hall, ball room or banquet hall. In WW2 the pump house suffered severe damage. In 1992 the building was renovated and worked as a casino for some 15 years.

In 2016 the Ybl Pump House was acquired (for 10.5 million euros) by PADI Pallas Athéné Domus Innovationis, foundation of the Hungarian National Bank (MNB). The amazing pump station building will be renovated from 600 million Forint and will be reopened for public in autumn 2017.

Ybl Pump House Inside pic

You can see more photos at here…

Frozen Water Towers in Hungary…

…already two victims of the extreme cold (posted 27 January, 2017)

In Hungary these days we have extreme cold temperature since 6 January 2017. The daily low temperature was -8 to -15 C on several days in Budapest, and in the countryside in Tésa -28.1 C was measured on 8 January.

The cold weather made at least two water towers frozen. The first water tower which froze on 14 January 2017 was in Göncruszka. The second water tower froze on 26 January 2017 in Nagykanizsa.

Göncruszka Water Tower pic

Frozen Water Tower in Göncruszka - picture by Zoltán Máthé

Nagykanizsa Water Tower pic

Frozen Water Tower in Nagykanizsa - picture by György Varga

In the Spotlight

Lakihegy Radio Tower

... in the Spotlight in 08/2017 (posted:21/09/2017)

In Hungary the regular Medium Wave (MW) radio broadcasting had started on 1 December 1925. A 2 kW Telefunken transmitter was set up in Csepel (21st district of Budapest) and transmitted on the 572 m wavelength. In 1927 the transmitter in Csepel was upgraded to 3 KW, and the same year construction works of a new 20 kW radio transmitter had started in Lakihegy (Szigetszentmiklós). The 20 kW Telefunken transmitter was finished in 1928 and took over broadcasting services from Csepel on 29 April. At the time it was of Europe’s most modern and highest capacity transmitter.

The number of radio subscribers was growing fast in the early 1930ies and a high power radio transmitter was decided to be built. Construction of the cigar shaped radio tower had been started on 1 July 1933 and the 120 kW transmitter was set into operation at the beginning of December of the same year. The mast is 284 m high and with its adjustable tuning tube its maximum height is 314 m and still the tallest structure and landmark of Hungary. This mast design is known as Blaw-Knox radiator developed by the Blaw-Knox company which was a manufacturer of steel structures and construction equipment based in USA. The company designed radio towers, most of which were constructed during the 1930s in the United States and Europe.

On 30 November 1944 retreating German troops had exploded the cigar shaped tower and a week later the 20 kW transmitters as well. Both were rebuilt after the war and the 314m high mast was upgraded to 135 kW.

Lakihegy Radio Tower pic

In 1977 a 2 MW capacity Medium Wave radio station, being the largest capacity in the country at Solt, was commissioned and inherited from Lakihegy the transmission of the Kossuth program on 540 kHz.

In 1983 it was planned to demolish the unused 314 m mast in Lakihegy. Fortunately, have not happened, and now the tower is used to transmit signals using long-wave radio frequencies (135.6 kHz) that are reserved for radio ripple control. The antenna is also serves as a backup for the national radio supplier.See more photos here...