By John Smith • 27 April 2021 • 17:49
The renovated Galatzó water mills
Credit: Calvia Council
AFTER many years of idleness, the Galatzó water mills are grinding again thanks to the Calvia Council and Consell de Mallorca.
The project consisted of the restoration of the mill complex and the reconstruction of the machinery of the bottom mill, in order to put it back into operation.
The whole complex was designed in such a way that the mills were supplied with water from the Ratxó spring, located in the municipality of Puigpunyent and the water was conducted to the mills’ reservoir through a canal, approximately two kilometres long.
From the reservoir, the water is conducted to the first mill through an elevated channel and having passed through the first mill another channel delivers the water to the second mill.
The machinery in the upper mill has been reconstructed using old sapele wood whilst that in the lower mill is made from almond wood and wild olive.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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