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Water Aqueducts

Postby Hob Took » Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:56 am

Does anyone know about how people got water to a city/town? Were the citys/towns just built really close to the water? Did they have aqueducts, or some kind of run off system to bring the water? I would be interested in a response. :?
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Postby Remyth » Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:04 am

Both.

Cities like Rome(large cities) had aquaducts running to them. They needed these to get enough water for the whole population.

Most small villages and the like where built near water sources, as they did not have enough money to build adiquit aquaducts. Therefor, they needed to build need a stream, river, pond, lake, or some other form of water. SOme villages and the like also had some wells and such.

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Re: Water Aqueducts

Postby Tedward » Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:25 am

Hob Took wrote:Does anyone know about how people got water to a city/town? Were the citys/towns just built really close to the water? Did they have aqueducts, or some kind of run off system to bring the water? I would be interested in a response. :?


Actually if you look at virtually all medieval cities or towns they are built right next to a body of water. Usually a river or where the sea meets the river. This was because water was the main transportation system for heavy goods. This also provided a ready supply of drinking water for most towns. Although larger towns and citizens who could afford it would pay for better quality water to be piped through aqueducts or brought up from private wells.

The grand aqueducts for the public were an almost entirely Roman phenomenon and mostly ceased to be built and maintained after the fall of the Western Empire. The skill of Roman engineers was such that some aqueducts still work to this day!
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Postby Hob Took » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:07 pm

Thank you Remyth and Tedward for your replies. :D

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Postby g2 » Sat Mar 17, 2007 1:18 pm

Remyth wrote:Most small villages and the like where built near water sources…


I would even say that the water supply near a village would definitely be a drawing card for more people to live within the village. Thus making a small village into a bigger village, and then probably into a city. – I don’t really have any historical evidence to back this up, but that doesn’t mean it can not be true. 8)
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Postby JPinoy » Tue Mar 20, 2007 5:03 am

g2 wrote:
Remyth wrote:Most small villages and the like where built near water sources…


I would even say that the water supply near a village would definitely be a drawing card for more people to live within the village. Thus making a small village into a bigger village, and then probably into a city. – I don’t really have any historical evidence to back this up, but that doesn’t mean it can not be true. 8)


G2, thats exactly how cities evolved.
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Postby Knight David » Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:46 pm

They moastly got water from lakes or wells, as far as i know!!!


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Postby Legendary_Corsair » Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:33 pm

I think if you were near a water source and couldn't afford aquaducts you could build a stream or a clean trench,but as for big cities you would have to have both.I think they built those first because water is the main thing you need to build a city.
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