Water Transport Solutions in Historic Rome

pd-38__30848.jpg Rome’s first raised aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in 273 BC; before that, inhabitants residing at higher elevations had to depend on local streams for their water. During this time period, there were only 2 other technologies capable of providing water to elevated areas, subterranean wells and cisterns, which gathered rainwater. Beginning in the sixteenth century, a unique system was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean sections to supply water to Pincian Hill. As originally constructed, the aqueduct was provided along the length of its channel with pozzi (manholes) constructed at regular intervals. During the roughly nine years he had the property, from 1543 to 1552, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi made use of these manholes to take water from the channel in buckets, though they were previously designed for the purpose of maintaining and servicing the aqueduct. Though the cardinal also had a cistern to get rainwater, it couldn't produce enough water. Fortunately, the aqueduct sat just below his property, and he had a shaft opened to give him access.

An Introduction to Garden Herbs

A lot of gardeners see that they are drawn to learning more about herbs as they are painless to grow and enjoyable to use in cooking. Herbal plants are very painless to grow indoors or outdoors and offer near-instant gratification, they are used in marinades, sauces, soups and other great meals. An herb garden is easy to maintain with minimum daily care, and planter gardens and potted herbs can be easily moved inside once autumn frosts begin, making it possible to maintain an herb garden all year long. If you are thinking of adding perennial herbs to your back garden, you are making a good choice due to the fact they don't die easily or need replanting after every year goes by. Your flavor and texture preferences in cooking with herbs are key considerations in choosing which herbs to grow. Personalize your herb garden to the type of food you most frequently cook. For instance, plant cilantro if you prefer Mexican or Thai food. If you cook more Italian food, absolutely plant basil, oregano, and thyme.

It is essential to figure out where your herbs will be planted in order to decide which herbs will thrive. It will be least difficult to plant straight into the ground if your climate is on the more gentle side, with seasons that are not harsh. This makes it so you do not have to be concerned about making planters. It is also a magnificent way to decorate your garden. There is practically nothing you can do to escape harsh weather conditions conditions that might affect your plants. However, there is hope because planters can be moved indoors whenever there's bad weather outside so they are flexible and practical for your herbs.

A Solar Energy Powered Outdoor Wall Fountain

Are you looking to beautify your backyard? Well, you can add that extra touch and increase the price of your home just by adding a solar run water fountain. They offer all the valuable benefits of electric fountains, such as improving health and general well-being but they also provide tremendous financial rewards. In spite of the high initial price, costs associated with these water features are worthwhile. Despite occasional power outages, your fountain will not be affected as it does not run on electricity.

Your monthly electric bill will most probably go up with running water fountains. Keep in mind that while you may not notice any advantages right away, your home will be worth more down the road.

Higher bills is not the only issue with using more electricity, the environment takes a big hit as well. Solar powered water fountains get their energy directly from the sun thus making them the optimal “green” fountain. Using solar power to run a water feature is not only favorable to our environment but it also heats and cools our homes.

Less maintenance is a result of installing this kind of fountain. Since these do not run using an electric motor that could clog up with clutter, they need little cleaning.

And less cleaning means more time to play!

Where are the World’s Most Grandiose Fountains?

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. The water here jets up to a elevation of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Reaching water heights of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the second highest worldwide.

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this fountain is the tallest in the United States.

Next is the fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which jets water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is located next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. Once every 1/2 hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded musical themes while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, finished in 1970, propelling water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

And finally we have the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.

Fountains: Beloved Pets, Visiting Birds and You

Outdoor water features and bird feeders are a natural way to draw in wildlife and pets. Birds must have water to drink, bathe in, as well a place to groom, or preen. Birds including robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers prefer the movement of water from a fountain and are not necessarily drawn to bird feeders. Many birds prefer flowing water versus standing water, making an outdoor fountain even more appealing than a bowl-shaped bird bath. Birds hear the trickling and splashing and are even more likely to come visit.

Dogs are attracted to fountains because they offer refreshing water to drink. During the hot summer months, dogs and cats will be outside searching for clean water.

Also, routinely flowing water fountains require less upkeep than the still water of a birdbath that tend to get dirtier.


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