Rome’s Early Water Delivery Solutions

Rome’s Early Water Delivery Solutions With the development of the very first raised aqueduct in Rome, the Aqua Anio Vetus in 273 BC, individuals who lived on the city’s hills no longer had to rely entirely on naturally-occurring spring water for their requirements. If residents residing at higher elevations did not have accessibility to springs or the aqueduct, they’d have to count on the remaining existing techniques of the day, cisterns that accumulated rainwater from the sky and subterranean wells that received the water from below ground. In the early sixteenth century, the city began to make use of the water that flowed below the ground through Acqua Vergine to supply drinking water to Pincian Hill. As originally constructed, the aqueduct was provided along the length of its channel with pozzi (manholes) constructed at regular intervals. Though they were initially manufactured to make it possible to support the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi began using the manholes to get water from the channel, starting when he bought the property in 1543. Reportedly, the rainwater cistern on his property wasn’t adequate to meet his needs. That is when he made the decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran directly below his residential property.

The Many Reasons to Include a Fountain

Many Reasons Include Fountain 854313515440.jpg The Many Reasons to Include a Fountain You can improve your outdoor area by adding a wall fountain or an outdoor garden water feature to your property or gardening project. Modern-day designers and fountain builders alike use historical fountains and water features to shape their creations. You can also strengthen the link to the past by including one of these to your home's interior design. The advantage of having a garden fountain extends beyond its beauty as it also attracts birds and other wildlife, in addition to harmonizing the ecosystem with the water and moisture it emits into the atmosphere. For example, irritating flying insects are usually discouraged by the birds attracted to the fountain or birdbath.

The area necessary for a cascading or spouting fountain is considerable, so a wall fountain is the ideal size for a small yard. Either a stand-alone fountain with an even back and an attached basin placed against a fence or a wall, or a wall-mounted kind which is self-contained and hangs on a wall, are some of the options from which you can choose. A water feature can be added to an existing wall if you include some type of fountain mask as well as a basin to gather the water at the bottom. The plumbing and masonry work necessary for this type of job requires expertise, so it is best to employ a skilled person rather than go at it yourself.

Modern Garden Decor: Garden Fountains and their Beginnings

Modern Garden Decor: Garden Fountains and their BeginningsModern Garden Decor: Garden Fountains Beginnings 139407101888.jpg A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to supply drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. Residents of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains had to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their source of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and celebrate the artist. Roman fountains often depicted images of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were supposed to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by adding decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely decorative. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to bring recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Nowadays, fountains adorn public spaces and are used to recognize individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

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