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A Brief History Of Plumbing

A Brief History Of Plumbing

Published: April 03, 2018 Last Updated: March 10, 2022

Plumbing is one of those modern utilities that we couldn’t do without.

Imagine life without a hot shower in the morning? Imagine even a day without a flushing toilet? Even though plumbing might seem like something that is inherently modern, most of the things we think of when we think of plumbing have been around for thousands of years.

Plumbing History...

The history of plumbing goes back to Crete four thousand years ago. The Minoan Palace on Crete is the oldest known structure to have sewerage and water pipes. All the piping was hidden from view in the walls just like it is today. They even had both a flushing toilet and taps that had both hot and cold running water.

The Romans continued this tradition of plumbing, building enormous viaducts to supply their cities with water. They had massive sewerage systems under the cities as well, which rivalled many modern city systems up until the 19th Century for size and sophistication.

Unfortunately, most of this technology was lost in the prevailing centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire and it was not until around the 16th Century that Europe would rediscover the principle of having municipal water and sewerage. The first toilets as we would recognise them were patented in the 18th Century and around the same time many houses were being plumbed into the main water and sewerage systems.

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