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The Water World of St. Petersburg

The exhibition “The Water World of St. Petersburg” is located on the third, fourth and sixth floors of the old Water Tower.

The documents, pictures, things, collection of sanitary items and manhole covers show the history of beginning and development of the water supply and sewage systems in Petersburg based on historical materials from its foundation to our days.

Although, the exhibition starts on the third floor with the history of water networks of different epochs and nations in the Antique World, Middle Ages, Ancient Russia. In addition to models, video films and drawings, visitors can look at 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 St. Petersburg from the first years of the city on the Neva up to 1858, when the St. Petersburg Water Supply Joint-Stock Company was established. Citizens having houses at the numerous rivers and canals embankments had own water supply during the first one hundred and a half years of the St. Petersburg history. But citizens having houses remote from water sources used services of water carriers. As for wastewater disposal, construction of underground channels for rainwater discharge was started already under Catherine II. However, the centralized sewage system in the city on the Neva River appeared only in the XX century.

The history of centralized water supply development in St. Petersburg including the Tower history is represented on the fourth floor .

The history of the Northern Capital’s centralized water supply goes back to 10 October 1858, when the Charter of “St. Petersburg Water Pipelines Joint-Stock Company” was approved by the Russian Emperor Alexander II. This date is considered to be the birthday of SUE “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg”.

Philosophy of scientific progress and specific solutions for water treatment, water supply to our houses and enterprises and many other things from our everyday life are interweaved in the story about Petersburg water networks development. Historical documents, drawings, pictures are demonstrated in the museum show-cases. Visitors can stop by the Manager office, “look through” the pictures of old baths, toilets and see some most interesting items in their natural size.

The exhibition on the sixth floor consists of two sections. The first of them tells about heroic, selfless labour of Vodokanal employees in the course of 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 Vodokanal's personnel stayed at work round the clock. The expensive price was paid for the smooth operation of essential city systems: 882 people did not come to see the salute in celebration of lifting the siege...

The second section is dedicated to the contemporary period of water supply and wastewater treatment sector development in the city on the Neva River. Visitors can learn how SUE “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg” treats and supplies drinking water to the citizens and learn about wastewater transportation and treatment.

Manager of Water Networks Office is reconstructed in the museum

Rich collection of sanitary ware is represented on the exhibition

Water well is also a museum exhibit