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The History Of Plumbing

There’s a lot more to plumbing than the copper or PVC pipes you’ve seen behind walls and underneath sinks. Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians were the first to construct a drainage system because of the significance that water plays in rituals of their culture? It started way back in 2500 B.C. and has evolved tremendously over the years all the way up to modern plumbing practices today!


Moving right along the history of plumbing timeline, The Minoan Palace of Knossos featured four separate drainage systems that empty into the great sewers in 1700 B.C.

In 800 B.C. the first sewers of Rome were built and in 312 B.C. the first aqueducts were built in order to transport water to Roman baths. It wasn’t until 4th Century A.D. that Rome had 11 public baths, 1,352 public fountains and 856 private baths. Can you imagine what it was like bathing in public back then?

So when was the first toilet, as we know it, created? It wasn’t until 1596 when Sir John Harrington invented a “washout” closet and then 1738 when JF Brondel introduced the valve type flush toilet. Believe it or not the first ever packaged toilet paper was invented by American Joseph Gayetty and it was called Gayetty’s Medicated Paper. Finally, in 1870, Thomas Twyford comes up with an improved version of the Bramah with no metal parts and is credited with the revolutionary redesign of a one-piece toilet.

Today, there are over 555,000 plumbers and pipefitters working in the United States. As the plumbing industry continues to grow, so do modern advancements in plumbing systems and plumbing technology.

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