200 Year-Old Wooden Water Mains Excavated in Philadelphia

Workers have excavated 205-year-old wooden water mains in Philadelphia.

The city's Water Department says workers replacing a water line on Spruce Street on Wednesday came across what looked like old logs. A woman who had attended a lecture by the department's historian Adam Levine saw them and thought they were water mains.

The city began replacing wooden pipes with cast iron in 1819. The ones discovered this week hadn't been in use since the 1830s but had been left in the ground.

The old mains have been saved and stored for educational purposes.

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