Many years before the office water coolers were invented, public water pumps served as a source of free cool and clean water for everyone (not always clean though, especially during the epidemiс times). And for those with no water supply system in their homes these pumps were (and still are) the only possibility to get water for all household needs. Some houses in Russia are still not provided with running water but despite that reports of removing public water pumps emerge here and there in the media.
Recently I joined the local history group on their guided walk along Valovaya street, one of the oldest in town. This water pump was not on the agenda that day but I recorded its sound as well. So, a short recording of the water pump – hear this while it’s still here.
Recorded August 15th, 2010 (CA-14)
Published August 29th, 2010.