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The Roman Sewer System
Transcript of The Roman Sewer System
Hannah, Lark, Brenda The Roman Sewer System In some large Roman towns, people often got sick or died from drinking water that had been filled with sewage. Sewage is human waste.
In smaller towns there weren't any sewers, that is why sewage collectors came through and got the waste from each house and carried it off to sell to farmers to use as fertilizer on their fields (A tradition adopted by the ancient Chinese). The Cloaca Maxima, a huge covered drain, constructed in the time of the Late Republic, functioned both as Rome's main storm sewer and as a sewage disposal. This drain emptied into the Tiber River. In the foundations of the Colosseum there are four underground tunnels and below them there are four big drains. There is also evidence of two very large toilets. This infers that the Colosseum may have had a sewage system. Fortunately enough, the roman people didn't use the Tiber River, the river that peoples waist got dumped into, for drinking or cleaning purposes. That's why they had water systems to carry water from other distant sources, called aqueducts. Some sewer systems like this one in Nikopolis had covered canals. This is a picture of present day Cloaca Maxima. These are what toilets could have looked like in places that were meant to accommodate large numbers of people. This is a picture of a roman aqueduct in present day France, called Pont du Gard. The End Quiz Q: What was one of the biggest sewer systems in Rome. A: Cloaca Maxima Q: What evidence infers that the Colosseum had a sewer system. A: The evidence was two very large toilets and four underground canals. Q: How did smaller towns deal with waste. A:Smaller towns had sewage collectors who bought the waste off of them and used it for the fields.