Austrian-Era Wooden Water Pipes in Lviv

In 2013 when one Lviv’s main thoroughfares, Horodotska Street, was being renovated, the construction workers found wooden water pipes that dated from the early years of the Austrian Empire, making them well over 150 years old. These pipes were made by taking wood logs, digging out the core, and placing inside a zinc pipe for waterproofing.

In the fifteenth century, water pipes in Lviv were ceramic, but with time wooden pipes were preferred because they were cheaper, stronger, and more reliable. Then in 1871-1895, wooden water pipes were replaced with iron ones; in the twentieth century, cast iron and steel water pipes were used.

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