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The Water World of SPb

The exhibition "The Water World of Saint-Petersburg" is located in halls on the third, fourth and sixth floors of the Old Water Tower.

The documents, pictures, things, collection of sanitary items and hedge covers collected here allow to show (based on historical materials) the history of beginning and development of the water pipeline and sewage in Petersburg from its foundation to this day. The exhibition begins nevertheless on the third floor with the history of water pipeline of the last epochs that different peoples had in the Antique World, Middle Ages, Ancient Russia. In addition to models, video films, drawings visitors will see original items, different types of wells, wooden pipes etc.

The second part of the exhibition on the third floor narrates about water supply and wastewater disposal in Saint-Petersburg from the first years of existing the city on the Neva river up to 1858, when the St. Petersburg Water Supply Joint-Stock Company was established. The first one hundred and a half years of the Petersburg history dwellers of houses at the embankments of numerous rivers and channels got water themselves. Dwellers of remote from water sources houses used services of water carriers. As for sewage, already under Catherine II the construction of underground channels for rainwater discharge began. However, the centralized sewage system in the city on the Neva river appeared only in the XX century.

On the fourth floor the history of development of the centralized water pipelines in Petersburg is presented, including the history of the Tower where the museum is located.

The beginning of the centralized water supply in the Northern Capital was initiated by establishing a firm – the St. Petersburg water supply Joint-Stock Company, the Charter of which was confirmed by Emperor Alexander II on the 10th of October, 1858. This date is considered to be the birthday of SUE "Vodokanal of St. Petersburg".

In the story about the development of Petersburg water pipeline, philosophy of scientific progress and concrete solutions related to issues of water treatment, water supply to our houses and enterprises and many other things are interweaved, that constitute our every day life. In the show-cases of the museum historical documents, drawings, pictures are presented. Here visitors can see the study of the managing director, "list through" the pictures of old baths, toilets and see some most interesting items in their natural size.

The exhibition of the sixth floor consists of two sections. The first of them tells about heroic, selfless labour of the Vodokanal employees within the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945. During the siege the enemy paid special attention to firing and bombardment of water supply and sewage facilities, as they played an extremely important role in the city life. Most part of the Vodokanal's personnel stayed at work round the clock. For the smooth operation of essential city systems the expensive price was paid: 882 people did not come to see the salute in celebration of lifting the siege. The second section is dedicated to the modern period of development of water supply and wastewater treatment sector in the city of the Neva river. Here one can find out how SUE "Vodokanal of St. Petersburg" treats and supplies drinking water to the city dwellers' houses, how the transportation and treatment of wastewater is provided.

“St.Petersburg Water Pipelines” Director office is recreated in the museum

The exhibition includes a rich collection of sanitary ware

Water well is also a museum exhibit