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Day 364 of 365 Things to Do, See & Eat in Jamaica – Restoration: The Persian Water Wheel

Persian Water Wheel
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The Falmouth Heritage Renewal group and students from the  University of Virginia Falmouth Field School restored and rebuilt the Persian Water Wheel in 2008. The wheel was originally ordered and installed by the Falmouth Water Company in 1798. It is a vertical wheel that measures 20 feet in diameter, and a dam was constructed to supply its water flow. The restoration team used many of its original parts and also recreated its support system, catch basin, and cat walk. During their work, the group discovered six-inch cast iron pipes that once carried the water to a reservoir in Water Square. After being restored, the wheel completed a full rotation every 30 seconds and delivered about 300 gallons of water per minute to the water system.

About 365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica
Jamaica has so many unique foods, places and events to offer. These things are often missed by visitors to Jamaica and even locals. Our goal is to have you try new things and see what Jamaica has to fully offer with something to do 365 days of the year. Please note that these are all our opinions and we are always open to suggestions.

Photo Source: Dore Tate

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