The acting Minister of Tourism and Culture, Miriam Guardiola, visited the Noria Grande de Abarán today to supervise the restoration work that is being carried out and that has a Community investment of 55,000 euros.
The new actions are being carried out as a result of the failure that occurred in its operation a few months ago, when the wheel moved due to the breakage of its clamping axis.
This displacement caused the upper radii to rub against the factory works, preventing the turning movement.
During the inspection, carried out by technicians of the General Directorate of Cultural Assets, the deterioration of the wooden shovels and damage to the metallic mechanism of the wheel was also verified as the inner and outer discs connected to the shaft separated.
The Abarán waterwheels were declared a year of Cultural Interest (BIC), with the category of ethnographic place of interest, by the regional government.
The declaration includes the four ferris wheels (their aqueducts and rafts) that are preserved in the area, highlighting the Noria Grande, a wooden construction (except the shaft and metal plates) made in the early years of the nineteenth century and rebuilt in 1951. It is one of the largest diameter devices that are currently preserved, with almost 12 meters high, 64 blades and 128 buckets.