The “Sterne Nove” Public Cistern

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The supply of water has always come from wells, that draw water from natural underground aquifers, that form near impermeable layers.
Rain water slowly corrodes calcareous rocks, on the outer surface as well as by seeping through the reticles, resulting over thousands of years...

The supply of water has always come from wells, that draw water from natural underground aquifers, that form near impermeable layers.
Rain water slowly corrodes calcareous rocks, on the outer surface as well as by seeping through the reticles, resulting over thousands of years, into actual channels of different sizes, that penetrate the subsurface. This aspect of the territory had determined the establishment of local communities near aquifers because it was easy to get water. However during some drought periods, it was necessary to make use of rain water.
During the torrid summer of 1880, the City Council of Spongano decided to construct me: a big public cistern with two openings, to be built before Spring in 1881.
The aim was to collect rain water from the attic of the Mother Church, away from dirt and debris, to be destined for potable use, thanks to the presence of two storages with shafts found along Chiesa Street, presently closed, with the function of filtering water before it came to me.
The project was realized and the community of Spongano had the possibility to draw water once a day, under the strict control of surveillance officers working for the local council.

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