ARE 01 - 05 - 2010

Water management is a serious issue in many parts of the world. We have yet to concern ourselves with questionable water in Europe or need to brush our teeth using bottled water, but to simply remain hydrated while walking from landmark to landmark can become costly. Tap water is often not an option in restaurants and may be hazardous in countries to come. Ancient Romans constructed huge aqueducts to supply their city with potable water. The network of aqueducts used gravity to supply Rome and other major cities fresh water from many miles away. This network was unparalleled anywhere in the world at the time. When the water reached the city it was regulated through man-made underground reservoirs to ensure a consistent and reliable supply to the fountains and baths in Rome. The reservoirs are still being used today and people can drink the water from the fountains. This is the Roman version of drinking fountains - supplying boundless amounts of drinkable water to the people. From the ancient fountains of Rome we can see an example of supplying vast amounts of people with clean water and making a spectacle of it using no energy. Top image is Pont du Gard - remains of an aqueduct Bottom image is a small fountain in Rome

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