An old artificial irrigation canal in the Ghouta in 1963

The farmers of the Ghouta were able to benefit from the Barada and al-‘Awaj rivers in the most possible way, through a water distribution system. The Barada River was divided into seven branches, as well as a subnet of canals covering all the lands of the Ghouta. The inhabitants of the Ghouta did not rely only on the water coming from these two rivers for the irrigation of their orchards, but rather they dug dozens of channels to benefit from the groundwater as well. © xxxxxx – Syrian Heritage Archive Project