Water Cistern Standing Beside the Portsmouth School in Portsmouth Village North Carolina

Water cistern constructed of wood and metal standing beside the Portsmouth School.  A shallow metal gutter extends from the school building’s roof to the top of the cistern.  Though most cisterns built to collect rainwater in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries were buried or partially buried beside a house or barn, this cistern stands above ground, anchored to the sandy ground by large poles.  Hurricanes and other powerful storms flooding  Portsmouth Village frequently would have contaminated an underground cistern with sand, salt water and other debris, rendering the water useless for the students learning inside.

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