Use of Aqueducts in the US
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My Scoop on Aqueducts in the U.S.

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Aqueducts are canals or ditches used to carry water from one location to the next. The water that is moved usually comes from lakes or rivers to places that are in need of water. Aqueducts were first used in the Roman Empire, and they were made of limestone. Today, aqueducts are made out of concrete to help keep the water from seeping out. Pressurized steel pipes that carry the water can be under or above ground.

 

Big and populous cities may be very reliant on aqueducts to get their fresh water. Two major ones in the United States are New York and Los Angeles. The Catskill aqueduct brings fresh water to New York, and the Colorado River Aqueduct brings fresh water to Los Angeles. The Catskill aqueduct travels about 120 miles, while the Colorado River Aqueduct travels 250 miles. Both of these cities would not be capable of having fresh water if aqueducts didn't exist.

 

There are some negatives to aqueducts though. The construction of them can be very costly, in terms of both the economy and the environment. It costs a lot of money for an aqueduct to be built. But, in my opinion, the environmental effects are more important. The rivers where the water comes from can lose a lot of their water before it reaches the ocean, or they can even dry up. Also, building an aqueduct causes much disturbance to the habitat above and underground.

 

Overall, aqueducts have been very beneficial to lives of millions of people in the United States. Without them, many people living in the United States wouldn't have access to fresh water. People receive fresh water that was once carried by aqueducts, daily.

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California Aqueduct

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This is a photo of the water being taken through desert parts of California to the city of L.A. on an aqueduct.

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aqueduct (engineering) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia

aqueduct (engineering) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia | Use of Aqueducts in the US | Scoop.it

Aqueducts in modern times have been used for the same purpose as they were used in Rome. Although in present times, people don't put the aqueducts as tunnels rather they go above ground. Aqueducts are used for bringing water from unpopulated areas to more urban areas such as the aqueduct in New York. The aqueducts are very important for the survival of big cities that lack a source of fresh water. 

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Andrew Kluttz and Frank Liu's comment, October 8, 2012 9:58 PM
Aqueducts have quite a history, not only in the United States, but world wide. The Romans are most well known for their building of aqueducts, but they have also been built by Persians, Indians, Egyptians, and middle easterners of the ancient world. Throughout history the design of aqueducts has continued to be improved, and they still exist today. To have something last so many thousands of years, you know it was a great invention. Wait to go Romans!
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California Aqueduct - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Department of Water Resources runs and maintains the aqueduct. This aqueducts purpose is to bring water from areas with resivoirs to Los Angeles to support the Los Angeles Basin. This aqueduct also serves as the longest paved pathway for bikers in California. It is not available for bikers once they reach the desert due to liability issues.

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Colorado Aqueduct

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The Colorado Aqueduct was a main factor in San Diego County not running dry. This aqueduct provides water to many parts of the U.S. that are very dry.

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Water Dependency

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The Water Dependency graph shows that the southwest part of the United States has to rely on water sources form other places. The aqueducts must bring water to these areas to provide enough water to support city life.

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Andrew Kluttz and Frank Liu's comment, October 8, 2012 10:02 PM
Some regions of the world need water much more than other nations. This is a major reason as to why the United States does not have very many aqueducts, as compared to the needier rest of the world.
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Aqueduct - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Aqueducts built in the United States are the largest in the world. The Colorado River Aqueduct carries water to Los Angeles from the Colorado River, and the Catskill Aquedect carries water to New York.  The main use of aqueducts in the United States is to supply large cities with water. Aqueducts are usually lined with concrete or impermeable soil so water is not lost on the way.

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