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A real hydraulic network
From 1228 onwards, Royaumont Abbey was built at the confluence of the Thève and Ysieux rivers, on an agricultural estate that already had mills and fisheries. To protect the abbey from flooding, the buildings were built on a terrace, 5 metres above the marshes. The monks went up the Thève, more than 9 km away, to start a canal that would bring water in quantity. Split in two just before the enclosure, one arm of the canal cleaned the latrines and kitchen waste water, the other irrigated the crops. For drinking water, the monks collected water from a spring, 3 km away, and bring it to the abbey through a separate pipe.
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