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affects of aqueducts

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jake strong

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How have aqueducts affected your life?
The Roman Baths Bath. Digital image. Fashion Museum Victoria Art Gallery, n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. <http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/>.
Before the aqueducts people would throw their sewage in the streets perhaps hitting pedestrians walking by. The cities smelled really bad and the river was becoming more and more polluted. To obtain water you had to go to a water source to get water. People had buckets called “piss pots” and it would sit in the house until it was full, then they would use the urine to bleach their whites. Then after the invention of aqueducts the quality of health in the city improved because they were bathing. Things that generally lead to disease were being flushed away out of city like urine and feces. Farming became easier and more efficient. Water could now be transported directly to the farm land. With everyone becoming healthier without trying it ended up causing the romans to become more health conscious. They even exercised in the bath houses.
The impact of aqueducts today is huge! Think about if you had no running for a second and how difficult your everyday life would be. Think about how much water you use when you shower, brush your teeth, use the toilet, wash your dishes, do your laundry, water your lawn, drinking, and cooking. We use water in literally every aspect of our lives. If you don’t like camping, if we didn’t have running water it would be like camping everyday. People would also not be able to live in certain areas, for instance the people that live in Nevada and Arizona would have no way of getting water because of dry it is. Today because of how healthy we live generally, we have significant less disease in America versus other countries, for example some African communities who don’t have a good water supply. Every single one of us is affected by plumbing. At water treatment plants we use a better form of what the Romans used to clean their water. The Romans used a settling spot which would have all of the heavy sediments sink to the bottom so it wouldn’t have sand or dirt in the water.
Cantalloc Aqueduct. Digital image. Pirwa Hostels a Better Place to Stay. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. <http://www.pirwahostelsperu.com/blog/archives/tag/cantalloc-aqueduct>.
Some of the unintended consequences are one the environment. To make the aqueducts they had to dig holes sometimes to find water. This would obviously cause a lot of digging just trying to find the water. If water wasn’t found the hole dug wouldn’t be filled back up. Then gathering the materials needed to build the aqueducts like rock and cement. No matter what we build as humans it will affect the environment in some shape or form. The other unintended consequence I think that happened was cleanliness. The aqueducts were invented just to supply the city with water for drinking and cooking. Later the bath houses were added. So by accident the health of the people was increased by flushing out the city of waste and making the life of the citizens easier. It also helped a lot with farming and irrigation to provide water straight to the crops of individual land owners.
The invention of aqueducts gave Romans an easier and healthy life by providing water for irrigation, bathing, and the getting rid of waste
This Prezi supports my thesis in a couple of ways. Running water today allows us to be very hygienic. We are able to brush our teeth daily, multiple times. We don’t smell and our skin is healthy because we are able to wash off our dead skin cells regularly. We don’t have to walk a few miles to go to the lake to get water in a pot to boil it for pasta. And it makes life very easy for us so that we have time to do other things than just to worry about surviving.
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NOVA. 2000. watering ancient rome. February 22. Accessed march 20, 2014. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/roman-aqueducts.html.

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