Damascus is known for its fresh water and abundant rivers, and the distribution of drinking fountains and roads in different alleys, streets, markets, alleys or those that are located in Damascene restaurants, despite the importance of these ways, which play a major role in providing water to passers-by in Damascus, especially during the hot summer days, Its aesthetic function, which gives Damascus and its lanes a special beauty and beauty, confirms the historical books that the water ways were spread in Damascus before the year 580 AH, confirming the presence of this appearance, which combines the function of providing water to the fauna of people, animals, plants, Mechanism ornamental.
However, many of these archaeological and ancient ways have been neglected during the previous period and are almost deserted and accumulated dirt in their basins due to the faults of taps and need to be restored, especially as we are coming to the summer is a tourist season frequent trips and the arrival of internal and external tourist delegations, And heritage.
And there are a number of archaeological ways in the markets and neighborhoods draws attention to the marble frames, and stone openings that top the rings of decorations and inscriptions, and followed by lines of the verses of the Koran, usually derives the name of the path from the name of the place where it was established, this is the way of Hijaz, The other way of the Omayyad Mosque … etc.
The number of these roads reached 300, in which water is maintained at two hours in the morning and evening and is enough to meet the population’s need for drinking water. The residents continued to benefit from this method until the project of the clean water project was launched in Damascus in 1932
The head of the Department of Antiquities of Damascus, Ahmad Al-Dali, said the restoration of water resources and rehabilitation is a common duty for all official bodies as well as citizens. In 2011, a total of 15 roads were rehabilitated in collaboration between the Department of Archeology and Damascus Governorate and the GT2 project. Restoration of historic buildings in Damascus.
He added that due to the lack of funding resources allocated to the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums, as well as the allocation of the largest part of the city of Aleppo and Palmyra and other places where the impact of the effects of the damage is no longer a priority priority and the utmost necessity.
Al-Dali pointed out the importance of spreading public awareness and culture, attention to hygiene and cleanliness of water, and not to harm it, whether it is stopped or not, and the closure of the faucet after taking water and other public hygiene and the use of water.
Al-Dali noted that the restoration of water resources will be studied through a joint project between the authorities and the population in conjunction with a public awareness campaign on hygiene and awareness of the importance of monuments and the need to preserve them in the best way possible. .

Translated from Tishreen News

Rehabilitation of waterways in Old Damascus

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