Many follow the island's 1,365 miles of irrigation channels, called levadas, stretches of which run along steep slopes with precipitous drops to one side.
But fears were growing that many householders would face steep rises in bills as a result.
The atmosphere was completely casual and relaxed - despite the steep prices, fancy location and posh decor.
The lavatory is on the same level as the rest of the box - at the top of two long, steep flights of stairs.
Sims had better deliver because the club paid a steep price, its third-round pick, to move up two spots to draft him.
The steep rise in thefts is also damaging the Government's record on crime.
There was a steep rise in the number of wandering lunatics following the Erwadi tragedy.
Prices are steep , with rooms beginning at 130 euros a night, meals excluded.
I was still amused by this all; I had never actually seen someone go to the trouble of coming to a café so they could get water, and steep their own tea.
He said the fares were being kept down to reasonable levels despite the steep increase in petrol prices.