Leadership

HAVANA’S WATER SUPPLY

Issue 15 and Volume 20.

HAVANA’S WATER SUPPLY TROPICAL city’s very life depends upon the excellence and abundance of its water supply. In this respect Havana, Cuba’s capital, is fortunate in the possession of the aqueduct known as the Canal de Vento, projected by Francisco de Albear y Lara, a native Cuban and a member of the engineer corps of the Spanish army. Havana’s earliest water supply dates back to the first century of its foundation: the source being the Luya.io, a brook which empties itself into the harbor, boats used to ascend this brook to a considerable distance, so as secure the purest water possible—a primitive system which the increase of population speedily rendered impracticable,even when supplemented by wells and cisterns. It was superseded in 1591 by a channel or artlfScftl conduit from the Almendares river, distant more than nine miles. This method lasted for 250 years. The works were simple enough in construction,consisting;…

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