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Venice well SC185W at Corte Candi 3D Model
There are approximately 231 wells in the City of Venice, capped by 231 wellheads. These wells no longer serve any functional purpose but still exist beneath the streets of Venice.
As a series of islands surrounded by a salt-water lagoon, Venice lacks natural sources of freshwater. As a result, Venice has found alternative ways to obtain freshwater for the city. As far back as the 6th century, Venetians built well systems to collect and filter rain to be stored as freshwater.
Venetians depended on this system for their fresh water supply until 1884, when a modern water supply system was established.