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Aqueducts did not affect the size of the Roman Empire as this was determined by other factors which were independent from them. They did contribute to prosperity as they supplied the towns with clean water and meet their level of demand. Water was used (and still is) both for cleaning and hygiene (which were important in the cities which were crowded and packed into city walls) and for manufacturing processes. Since the Roman Empire relied on and promoted trade, the urban economy was important.

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