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A 100-year-old water pipe just unearthed near Charleston was made of wood

Robert Behre on October 26, 2018

HANAHAN - Workers digging just outside Charleston’s main water plant recently unearthed a 20-inch diameter pipe nobody knew was there.

They quickly knew it was really, really old: The pipe was made of wood staves held together with metal bands, sort of like a tubular barrel.

“We knew that wooden pipes were a thing, and we knew we probably had some a long time ago, but no one in our organization had ever seen one,” Charleston Water System spokesman Michael Saia said.

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