Petra grew in the middle of a
harsh, barren desert. So how did the ancient city maintain fertile crops, lush gardens, and even public pools
The Nabataeans were experts at surviving in the desert because they knew how to collect and distribute water. An impressive
system of rock-cut channels and underground water pipes carried water from permanent springs and seasonal streams.
The Nabataeans also developed a way to collect and store water in watertight holes or cisterns. Hidden underground, these
cisterns kept water safe from both evaporation and enemies.