Venetian Cistern/ Well — 4 Comments

    • This crude drawing was the best I could find. If anybody find good photos or better drawings than please share. We know Venetian cisterns work since they were quite popular during parts of history. But for some reason they’re not widely used and documented at this time.

  1. Another variant on this concept is the “gravel packed well.” I hand dug one of these many years ago, digging a cylinder about 4 feet across and 18 feet deep. Once the hole was dug I placed a perforated 20-foot culvert that was about 18 inches in diameter right in the center, then I packed the doughnut shape around it with gravel. The pipe stuck out of the ground a couple of feet and the last foot of the doughnut was covered with earth, with a membrane between it and the gravel. The idea is that water can seep into the gravel from the surrounding terrain and accumulate in the central pipe. This really only works if there is a shallow water table or a vein of water running by. It worked for me for many years.

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