Water Transport Strategies in Early Rome

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct founded in Rome, started out supplying the individuals living in the hills with water in 273 BC, although they had counted on natural springs up till then. Outside of these aqueducts and springs, wells and rainwater-collecting cisterns were the sole techniques obtainable at the time to supply water to locations of high elevation. To deliver water to Pincian Hill in the early sixteenth century, they implemented the new method of redirecting the current from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground channel. Throughout the time of its initial building and construction, pozzi (or manholes) were placed at set intervals along the aqueduct’s channel. While these manholes were provided to make it easier to maintain the aqueduct, it was also feasible to use buckets to remove water from the channel, which was done by Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi from the time he invested in the property in 1543 to his death in 1552. It seems that, the rainwater cistern on his property wasn’t good enough to satisfy his needs. To give himself with a more streamlined system to assemble water, he had one of the manholes opened, giving him access to the aqueduct below his property.Keep Outdoor Fountain Clean 057862912369871468.jpg

Keep Your Outdoor Fountain Clean

It is important to carefully maintain water fountains for them to function properly. It is essential to clean it out and take out any debris or foreign elements that might have dropped into or onto it. Also, algae tends to build up wherever natural light meets water. Stir hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular issue. Bleach can also be dissolved into the water, but this is not an ideal option because it can harm birds or other animals.

Experts advise that the typical garden fountain undergoes a thorough cleaning every 3-4 months. Prior to cleaning, all of the water must be eliminated. Then use gentle and a soft sponge to clean inside the reservoir. A useful tip is to use a toothbrush if there are little hard-to-reach spots. Any soap residue left on your fountain can damage it, so be sure it is all rinsed off.

It is highly advised taking the pump apart to better clean the inside and get rid of any plankton or calcium. Letting it soak in vinegar for several hours first will make it much easier to clean. Build-up can be a big headache, so use mineral or rain water over tap water, when possible, to prevent this dilemma.

One final recommendation for keeping your fountain in top working condition is to check the water level every day and make sure it is full. If the water level falls below the pump’s intake level, it can hurt the pump and cause it to burn out - something you don't want to happen!