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The History of Plumbing You Never Knew

Indoor plumbing is an incredible feat of engineering that we take largely for granted today. Since none of us suffered through the days of carrying water from the river or using a chamber pot, turning on the faucet and enjoying warm flowing water now just seems like a fact of life.

But there’s quite a background to plumbing in New Port Richey that you may not know about, facts that might help you appreciate that flushing toilet a bit more.

The History of Plumbing You Never Knew

Ancient Roots

The first plumbing concepts actually arrived thousands of years ago, between 4,000 BC and 3,000 BC. Civilizations in the Indus River Valley, in India, used copper water pipes to transport water. Egyptians followed their lead and developed copper pipes that were used in the elaborate bathrooms inside the pyramids, as well as in a very complex irrigation and sewage system.

The ancient Romans also followed suite and built some of the most advanced ancient plumbing systems known to date. Their pipes were arranged into underground sewer systems, public and private baths, and more.  They were the first to use lead pipes, though at the time it was not known that lead causes severe health problems. It was a huge improvement in sanitary conditions for their cities.

These ancient accomplishments were very impressive and largely forgotten until the 18th century.

The Middle Ages

The progress of ancient civilizations long forgotten, waste ran freely in the streets in large cities for a long time. The condition of sewage treatment was essentially non-existent. It wasn’t until the 17th century that some castles began to use privies, although the waste was still dumped into the surrounding moats, which hardly fixed the problem.

The Modern Area of Plumbing Begins

Finally, near the end of the 18th century, the first flushing toilet was invented. In 1830, New York installed the first public water main underground in order to provide firefighters with a more immediate water supply. Slowly but surely, drainage pipes were installed in buildings to dispose of waste away from buildings. Water heaters, outdoor toilets, and sewage laws all came in quick succession.

20th century technology advancements solidified the plumbing system that we have come to know and love today. 

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