Umit in His Workplace ©2011 by Trici Venola. Umit is sixteen and works with his uncle here at the water depot, which is in a Byzantine water storage tank on a hill above Eminonu. All whitewashed, the brickwork indicates 4th-century masonry. Huge columns loom in the gloom at the back where a cistern is hidden. The family has worked here since the dawn of the Republic.