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Reservoir

RESERVOIR (Heb. miqwâh, a source of water). Because most of western Asia was subject to periodic droughts, and because of frequent sieges, cities set great store by their waterworks. Some of the reservoirs and many private cisterns were hewn into solid rock. Some provided for abundant storage (Neh.9.25). Uzziah helped his land by having many cisterns built (2Chr.26.10). Elisha bade Israel provide many special reservoirs (ditches) near Jerusalem (2Kgs.3.12-2Kgs.3.17). It was considered wise for each home to have its own cistern (2Kgs.18.31). Among the most famous reservoirs of Palestine were the pools of Solomon, thirteen miles (twenty-two km.) from the city (Eccl.2.6). Water from these was conveyed to the city by aqueducts, some of which remain today.