Introduced in Civ4
Cost[1]100 Hammer
Healthy+2 Health
Special Abilities
  • Required to Build The Hanging Gardens
  • Available for free on Industrial and later starts[2]
  • Available for free on Renaissance and later starts[3]
Replaced by Hammam (only in C4w and C4bts)
Replaced by Baray (only in C4bts)



"A major obstacle to population growth and expansion in early cities was the scarcity of water. In many cases, the solution to this problem was an aqueduct. Aqueducts were large, elevated stone "canals" through which water from nearby hills and mountains was channeled into the city. Aqueducts allowed cities to grow much larger by significantly increasing the amount of available water. At the same time aqueducts reduced the chance of contracting water-borne diseases, by reducing the dependence on stagnant ponds and wells as water sources. Aqueducts also allowed cities to be built in normally inhospitable environments, such as deserts, by providing an outside water source. Modern day Los Angeles, for example, obtains its water supply from the Colorado River, through a system of aqueducts over 200 miles long."


"The Aqueduct improves a city's health and is required to build the Hanging Gardens wonder. Build Aqueducts when you want to grow a city, or when the populace begins clamoring for it."


In the city screen press the following icon to start Aqueduct construction:

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See also

List of City Buildings


  1. Cost depends on Game Speed. Quick: 67 Hammer, Epic: 150 Hammer, Marathon: 300 Hammer.
  2. This special ability affects only in Civ4 and C4w.
  3. This special ability affects only in C4bts.