Nowadays, we take a fresh water supply for granted. In every kitchen and bathroom in the countryside, water is available at the turn of a tap. Local councils provide mains water that is pumped through underground pipes along roads and into every house. In earlier times, however, mains water was not available. It was common knowledge that rivers and streams, that may contain human and animal waste, were unsafe to drink. People in the countryside and in towns and villages had to collect the water they needed in buckets from nearby wells or pumps.

A replica of the old pump in Markethill has been erected in the centre of town. It bears a plaque with the following information:

Replica of the old pump in Markethill.