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At the foot of the stairs is a small ledge with a brick edging that extends the entire width of the pool.People coming down the stairs could move along this ledge without actually stepping into the pool itself.Rainwater also may have been collected for this purpose, but no inlet drains have been found.Most scholars agree that this tank would have been used for special religious functions where water was used to purify and renew the well being of the bathers.The floor of the tank is water tight due to finely fitted bricks laid on edge with gypsum plaster and the side walls were constructed in a similar manner.To make the tank even more water tight, a thick layer of natural tar was laid along the sides of the tank and presumably also beneath the floor.

The tank itself measures approximately 12 meters north-south and 7 meters wide, with a maximum depth of 2.4 meters.

Two wide staircases lead down into the tank from the north and south and small sockets at the edges of the stairs are thought to have held wooden planks or treads.