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The Molenviergang Aarlanderveen is the only windmill sequence in the world that still drains a polder. If necessary, the electric auxiliary pumping stations, which originate from 1994, are used as in case of no wind or when one of the windmills is out of use.
The windmill quartet is located in the Green Heart, south of the place Aarlanderveen and northwest of Zwammerdam and it drains the Drooggemaakt Polder on the West side at Aarlanderveen. The excess water is drained to the Oude Rijn. Between Mill Nr. 1 and Mill Nr. 3 this draining watercourse intersects the Grote Wetering on differing levels via a sub-canal. The original mills 1 to 3 were built around 1786, but in the course of time all three were destroyed by fire and replaced. Windmill No.4 was built in 1801 to drain ca. 100 ha. large peat ponds that had been created by peat extraction. This area was one meter lower and therefore could not be dredged by the three-course.
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