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Water carrier

Most inhabitants of the Judengasse obtained their water from four public wells.
Several houses also had their own small wells.

Wealthy Jews had their water fetched to their homes by watercarriers.
The earliest record of a watercarrier mentions Lejwe, who died in 1632.

When the number of watercarriers started a continual rise, the Jewish community imposed regulation on the trade, permitting only watercarriers who were directly employed by the community.
In 1751, for example, there were twelve community watercarriers.

Watercarrying was a very badlypaid and disreputable trade.
Watercarriers were among the most menial community servants.
The work was sometimes performed by women.

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