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The Water Mill is an early infrastructure building in Civilization VI. It can be built in the City Center if the city is next to a River.

Strategy Edit

As usual, the Water Mill is very useful for a general boost to a budding city's growth and functionality, and even more so if it has Wheat (Civ6) Wheat, Rice (Civ6) Rice, and Maize (Civ6) Maize nearby. Unfortunately, it can only be built if you founded the city on a River. Fortunately, with the present city growth rules, you have really good reasons to found cities on rivers!

Civilopedia entry Edit

A water mill uses flowing water to turn a water wheel which is geared to turn other wheels for grinding, spinning, sawing or pounding all manner of useful things: grain, lumber, textiles, ore, metal, paper, and so forth. Most folk think of water mills as gristmills, those adapted to producing flour from grain … and that is certainly the earliest type found. The Greek engineer Philo of Byzantium (c. 280 to 220 BC) left an account of the workings of a water mill; the Roman Vitruvius offered the first technical description of building one, his an undershot wheel with a gearing device. So useful was the water mill that by the time of the Dark Ages, they could be found near every settlement, and (unlike a lot of knowledge that got lost) the Europeans managed to retain the essentials to construct and operate water-driven gristmills. Later on, steam power and electrical power replaced the water wheels, being more efficient and economic; today, only barbarians would use actual water mills to grind their corn and wheat.

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