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Aqueduct

Aqueduct
Building of the Classical era
Cost 100 20xProduction5
Maintenance 1 20xGold5
Technology

Engineering (Civ5) Engineering

Specialists

None

Effect

+40% of 20xFood5 Food is carried over after a new 20xPopulation5 Citizen is born

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Aqueduct Info Card

Fan-made Card depicting the Aqueduct building from Civ5

Game InfoEdit

Classical Era growth-enhancing building.

  • 40% of 20xFood5 Food is carried over after a new 20xPopulation5 Citizen is born.

StrategyEdit

The progress towards creating the next 20xPopulation5 Citizen in each city is measured in 20xFood5 Food points, adding into a Food Basket. The Aqueduct speeds up population growth by by 40%, transferring that percentage of the stored 20xFood5 Food points directly into the next Food Basket each time a new 20xPopulation5 Citizen is born. So, for example, if you needed 100 20xFood5 Food to produce your last 20xPopulation5 Citizen, you'll jump-start the production of the next one with 40 20xFood5 Food instead of starting at 0. Build Aqueducts in cities that you want to grow faster, remembering that their effect will be greater in cities that have access to an abundance of 20xFood5 Food.

Keep in mind that production occurs after growth, so if a city finishes building an Aqueduct on the same turn it grows, the city's 20xFood5 Food store will be at 0 at the start of that turn. The best time to finish an Aqueduct is when the city has a bit less than 60% of the 20xFood5 Food required for the next 20xPopulation5 Citizen.

Note that the Tradition policy tree provides free Aqueducts in your first four cities upon completion, so don't build Aqueducts in the first four cities if you're filling out this tree!

Historical InfoEdit

An aqueduct is a system for moving water from a water supply at one location to another location, historically to irrigate crops away from natural water bodies. The word derives from the Latin for "water" and "to lead," and the aqueduct is most traditionally associated with the Romans. The most famous Roman aqueduct is the Pont du Gard in France. But the Romans were not the only civilization to build aqueducts! Magnificent and complicated aqueducts were built all over the world, including at Ninevah, capital of the Assyrians, and the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in North America.

The principles of aqueduct planning and construction are the same today as they were millennia ago, and humans continue to move water great distances to make our lives easier.