Canal de Craponne
Adam de Craponne brought water to Salon during the Renaissance with his ingenious canal system that diverted water from the Durance to irrigate the town and Crau Plain.
The innovation transformed the surrounding countryside to spark an economic boom and fuel agricultural progress.
The canal didn’t stop growing with the network’s extension and building of new canals.
The Crau meadows are watered by gravity. The canal at the top of the slope is blocked using a hammer mill. The water level rises, overflows and floods the meadow. A drainage canal at the bottom of the slope collects the excess. Also, 70% of irrigation seeps in and joins the phreatic zone to provide water to the towns.