Controlling Health Issues
Napoleon’s approval of the canal project went beyond simply providing water access to Parisian residents. He believed that access to clean water was essential to controlling the city’s rampant health problems, such as dysentery and cholera, which had been widely reported at the time.
Two Canals, One Purpose
In addition to providing clean water, the canal served as a crucial transportation route for building materials and food to reach the people of Paris. Its construction encompassed a nearly three-mile circumference around the city, with two other canals, the Canal de l’Ourcq and Canal Saint-Denis, serving the same purpose.