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The History Of Modern Plumbing

There are some things most of us take for granted!

Have you recently thanked the plumber?

Clean drainage of water and waste is cited as one of the most important inventions in the modern world. It is almost universally accepted as it has saved more lives than anything else in the world.

The water supply system moves the fluid around for heating, cooling, waste removal, drinking water etc. Water supply uses pipes, valves, fittings, tanks and other fluid to move. Health infrastructure is indispensable for public health and sewage.

Below is a brief history of plumbing.

1700 BC

In Crete, Greece, the Minoans use the leading sanitary and water supply systems. They use clay tubes covered with glass with clean water and wastewater disposal. They even had a toilet wash and a canal to flood a storm sewer.

800 BC before the first century AD

The Roman Empire had sewage, public and private toilets, water and internal waterworks. The first plumbing was built in 312 BC, and the distribution system was designed to clean water and wastewater disposal. Over the course of the following centuries, hundreds of waterworks were built throughout the Roman Empire.

Persia in the Middle East, and the Qin Dynasties Hin China and the Classic Maya use all the various forms of hunting, toilet water supply, water heating and global plumbing cooling. Maya’s uses porous limestone as a means of water filter.


The first closed sewerage was built in Paris Montmartre street.


The first washer was invented for Queen Elizabeth I.


King Louis XIV had a line of cast iron plumbing built, delivering 15 miles of Versailles water.

17th century

In the castles, there are toilets but lacked a waste disposal system and the pipes are emitted directly into the surrounding pits and water.


Alexander Cummings invents S-trap. It is used for waterproofing the water outlet in the tank, preventing the air coming out of the sewer.


Philadelphia is the first city to use all cast iron pipes to produce a new water supply system.


The Tremont Hotel in Boston offers indoor water supply and closets.


England approves the National Public Health Law, which includes notes on water safety, and then suits most countries.


Chicago is the first American city to build a complete sewage system to control the spread and outbreak of diseases such as typhoid and cholera.


Louis Pasteur discovered the connection between bacteria and disease.


The New York Metropolitan Health Board to meet the government’s demand for disease and illness. The link between the contaminated water and the spread of the disease is confirmed. This leads to the development of wastewater treatment systems to prevent water pollution, which leads to an increase in the expected life of urban populations.


Private households got a water heater.


The first tank water containers were entering the market.


William Elvis Sloan invented Flushometer. It uses water under pressure to remove waste for disposal rather than gravity.


Elevated containers, more like the toilet we know today, which appear on the market emerged.


International Waterway and the Mechanical official is founded. They begin to maintain the health and protection of these sub-parents of plumbing practices.


The US approved the Safe Drinking Water Law


National Sanitation Foundation and American National Standards was Established to test all accessories that come into contact with drinking water.


The US approved the law on the control of lead contamination


The Congress approved the Environmental Protection Act in the 1992 period to preserve water in the toilets, taps and showers. President George H. Bush signed the law.


NSF / ANSI reduces the amount of lead permitted in drinking water installations.


The Law on Reducing Leadership in Drinking Water Reduces Lead by 8% to 0.25%. President Obama signed the law.


Sustainable Development Goals, officially known as “Transforming Our World: Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development”, including the goals of accessing water and sanitation to the world.

And this is who we have to thank for the amazing plumbing systems each of us has at their house today!

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