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Average water consumption per capita in Rome

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Roman aqueduct
Roman aqueduct | Photo: Luigi Vaccarella/SOPA RF/SOPA/Corbis

Average water consumption per capita of ancient Rome ranged from 370 to 450 litres of water per day. In order to meet the needs, the city had to have adequate supplies.

In 410 CE Rome had access to water thanks to 11 aqueducts, 2012 wells, 11 imperial baths and 926 public bathrooms. Never before has Rome been supplied with such a mass of water.

  • Machałowska Paulina, Woda jako luksus w antycznym Rzymie, s.116. [w.] Kostuch Lucyna, Ryszewska Katarzyna (red.), Zbytek i ubóstwo w starożytności i średniowieczu, Kielce 2010

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