The uneven temporal and partial distribution of water resources in Hellas, and especially southeastern regions, has resulted in the construction of various water systems for collection and storage of rainwater, since their very early habitation. Ever since, technologies for the construction and use of several types of cisterns and other relevant hydraulic strictures have been developed. The main diachronic achievements in rainwater harvesting and use in Hellas from the earliest times of humankind to the present is studied. Emphasis is given to the periods of great achievements such as the Hellenistic and the Roman. The major necessity of water justifies not only the innovations found throughout the historical time-line of these constructions but also the most advanced engineering of each era applied to these constructions. Also, the importance of this hydrotechnology and the concept of the value of water-saving to present and future times is considered. Aspects referring to hygienic precautions for the purity of the water collected and stored are another issue that is worth examining.
Historical development of rainwater harvesting and use in Hellas: a preliminary review
S. Yannopoulos, G. Antoniou, M. Kaiafa-Saropoulou, A. N. Angelakis; Historical development of rainwater harvesting and use in Hellas: a preliminary review. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply 1 July 2017; 17 (4): 1022–1034. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/ws.2016.200
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