The old waterworks are tucked into the entrance of the beautiful Arve river bend, the Vessy Waterworks site maintains a variety of historic pieces including a hydraulic construction with a dam and sluice gates, pressure pumps for drinking water, a turbine group alternator and a diesel engine.
The Arve Water Company was taken over by SIG in 1988 and actually stopped all activity in the 1900’s. However, the quality of the natural site including the buildings, the works of art and the machine park inspired SIG to add some TLC and renovate it.
In 2007, a hydroelectric microcentre was built in the old waterworks, and produces 1.7GWh of certified Naturemade Star electricity each year. All the Vessy developments and microcentre have proved it to be an ecological method of working, in line with the nature of the rich-flowing river.
Your group can have a guided tour of these incredible sites, which lasts approximately 1hr30mins.