A river breathes again

Until the end of the 19th century, the Seseke was a natural lowland river. But then mining and industrialisation developed in this region, and brought with them mining subsidence and flooding. In many locations, total inundations occurred. The Seseke became an open sewer for household and industrial wastewater. Because the construction of underground sewers was out of the question due to mining subsidence, the open disposal of wastewater in the Seseke was the only practicable solution. The waterways were deepened, and dyked up in areas of severe subsidence. When the mining industry withdrew from the region, the way was paved for new wastewater management solutions. The wastewater channel is being converted step by step into a near-natural waterway. Over the coming years, the Seseke and its subsidiary waterways will become wastewater-free and will be ecological improved.

Experience the stages of the transformation in the Seseke in a virtual journey through time.