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What is the Cloaca Maxima?

June 15, 2020 4:57 pm

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You may not have heard of the Cloaca Maxima but it is linked to our drainage systems that we use to take away wastewater and to keep our homes and street hygienic and clean. It is one of the oldest sewers in the world and was the greatest sewer in all of Ancient Rome. It was the birthplace of the sewage systems that Blocked Drains Essex companies work with when removing blockages in our pipework. Visit 3flowdrainage for blocked drains in essex

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Built in the 6th Century BC it was one of the Romans biggest accomplishments as it was a part of the highly effective water drainage system that they had developed. It was an open drainage system that was used to carry stormwater away from the central part of the city out to the River Tiber. In the 3rd Century BC they covered the drain and they used it as the collection point for the public baths and toilets.

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The system was so effective that in the 1st Century BC the sewer was thoroughly cleaned and further expanded so that 11 aqueducts were included in its new flow network.

Although it may not look as glamorous as some of the other buildings that you can still see in Ancient Rome, it is one of the most important as it helped to keep the city clean and healthy and it is the bedrock that our modern sewer and drainage systems are based on.

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