Pipes at Pompeii

Ceramic pipe exposed in the wall at Pompeii

Ceramic pipe exposed in the wall at Pompeii

This isn’t strictly about public space, but I simply loved seeing all the ceramic pipes around Pompeii. Most of the ones I saw were exposed in the walls of the houses, but some of them were drainage pipes. There was also the rare lead pipe along the side of the road.

Ceramic pipe eroding out of the wall, Pompeii

Ceramic pipe eroding out of the wall, Pompeii

Cereamic pipe

Cereamic pipe

Close up of a ceramic pipe eroding out of the wall at Pompeii

Close up of a ceramic pipe eroding out of the wall at Pompeii

Lead pipe on a sidewalk at Pompeii

Lead pipe on a sidewalk at Pompeii

So neat to see these early sanitation and water delivery systems. Of course, water was available all over the city (and modern Italian cities!) at public fountains.  I approve!

Ceramic drainage channel, Pompeii

Ceramic drainage channel, Pompeii

Ceramic pots on top of a vineyard wall.  Were these originally irrigation pipes?

Ceramic pots on top of a vineyard wall. Were these originally irrigation pipes?

I am unclear how much of this was a civic undertaking and how much was organized by individual households when they were building their houses.  How much civic involvement was there when a house built a drainage channel out into the street?  What about water supply?

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