Use of Aqueducts in U.S.
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An aqueduct essentially a plumbing device used to move water from one place to another.  Aqueducts are used in order to move water from a place where the water is plentiful to a place where water is lacking.  They were initially used to provide drinking water to places that need water most, or where drought is a common occurence.  Aqueducts are usually engineered to be an underground system of pipes, and are a very efficient way to move water.  Originally invented by the Romans thousands of years ago, the aqueduct was one of the biggest inventions of its day.  The aqueduct, in fact, was so efficient that it is still used today.  In the United States, the biggest aqueduct that can be found is the system of aqueducts bringing water to Los Angeles from the Colorado River.  Smaller aqueducts can also be found in Texas and Massachusettes.

 

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Parts of an Aqueduct

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Andrew Kluttz and Frank Liu's comment, October 8, 2012 9:41 PM
Aqueducts are built using covered trenches, tunnels, pressurized pipes, walls, and arcades, if the aqueduct is in a valley.
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Boston Water System History-The Subdury Aqueduct

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Andrew Kluttz and Frank Liu's comment, October 8, 2012 9:48 PM
By the 1840's, the water supply in Boston was getting low and impure, so a new source of water was necessary. For a while, a newly created lake was able to supply the Bostonians with a proper amount of water, but because of the Irish potato famine the Boston population grew drastically. With the inefficient lake system, Boston needed yet another solution for a proper quantity of water. In 1878 this problem was solved as the Sudbury Aqueduct was constructed connecting the Sudbury River with the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
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The California Aqueduct (CA) stores water pumped from the DMC. Image courtesy of US Bureau of Reclamation. - Image - Water Technology

The California Aqueduct (CA) stores water pumped from the DMC. Image courtesy of US Bureau of Reclamation. - Image - Water Technology | Use of Aqueducts in U.S. | Scoop.it
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Andrew Kluttz and Frank Liu's comment, October 8, 2012 9:51 PM
This California aqueduct proves that aqueducts do not have to be underground or aesthetically displeasing. In fact, many would call this aqueduct quite beautiful. Future wonder of the world...? I'd say so.
Andrew Kluttz and Frank Liu's comment, October 8, 2012 10:37 PM
Perhaps this means that the United States should use aqueducts more often, they are certainly quite an efficient method of water transportation. I'm sure many people would prefer aqueducts to their local hazardous waste filled retention ponds.
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Water Dependency

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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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History of the LA Aqueduct

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Andrew Kluttz and Frank Liu's comment, October 8, 2012 9:39 PM
This article discusses the history of aqueducts in the Los Angeles area. It all started in 1769 when Los Angeles was founded, when the founders decided to dam up the LA river. By 1908 construction of the cities first aqueduct began on the Owens River. By 1970, a second aqueduct had been finished joining the Colorado River with the Owens River aqueduct.
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Aqueduct in San Antonio, Texas

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Aqueduct crossing a creek, big time stuff!

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Andrew Kluttz and Frank Liu's comment, October 8, 2012 10:38 PM
Aqueducts do not have to be huge water transporters. This one only gets a small amount of water from a creek to move elsewhere. Remember, every little bit counts!
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United States of America vs Massachusettes Water Resource Authority, and Metropolitan District Commission

Aqueduct gets some publicity as USA sues Massachusettes for having impure water flowing through aqueduct.  Drainage problems are a major issue with aqueducts.

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aqueduct (engineering) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia

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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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HowStuffWorks "Modern Aqueducts"

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Andrew Kluttz and Frank Liu's comment, October 8, 2012 10:26 PM
Believe it or not, the title of this article has actually absolutely nothing to do with what the article is about. This article compares Ancient Rome to the city of Los Angeles. Both have aqueducts, facilitated porn stars, and child actors running for governor. But most of all, aqueducts. Aqueducts were a piece of absolute engineering genius by the Romans, and a very similar engineering feat was accomplished in the city of Los Angeles. Both built aqueducts due to a need for more water in certain areas, or for the whole city in the case of LA.