The aqueduct was an ambitious project devised by Werner while he was leading the colony. The goal was for the aqueduct to bring water from the mountains after storms.
A team led by Werner and Menken finished the digging portion, however, Werner fell into a coma before he could direct further. Menken attempted to continue the project using Werner's plans, but the workers improperly mixed the concrete and ruined the foundation. (Next of Kin)