In rural areas, most homes and businesses get their water from groundwater. Long ago, wells had to be dug by hand and reached only shallow groundwater. Now wells can be drilled by machinery to as deep as several hundred feet. In urban and suburban areas, most water is piped in from a central water supply. The water supply might be a river, a natural lake, a reservoir behind a dam, or a number of deep wells. In many big cities, reservoirs are located far away, and the water is brought to the city through aqueducts.