Shining Moments in the History of Plumbing [Infographic]

Plumbing is an essential part of life most of us take for granted—probably pretty often. This is why now is the perfect time to celebrate the proud, rich history of plumbing. It was in 10,200 BCE when the use of wells became prominent; people would carry water in vessels for indoor use. The world’s first “water closet” was created in India in 2,000 BCE. A pot of water would wash away the waste through pipes and into drains, which were underneath the streets. In 691 BCE, the Greeks created the first known aqueduct in Assyria, and it spanned 34 miles and carried fresh water to Nineveh. The Hippocrates are credited for inventing the first cloth bag water filter in Greece. By 315 AD, Rome had 144 public toilets. You may be slightly disgusted to learn that instead of toilet paper, everyone used the same piece of sponge fixed onto a wooden handle.

Let’s fast forward a little now. In 1596, Sir John Harrington invented the first water closet with a flush feature—be sure to say his name the next time you flush. Most large cities in Europe and the United States began to build pipe systems for personal use in the 1800s. Flush toilets were introduced in 1890, but it wasn’t until the 1920s that they became common items in middle and working class homes. Water softeners were introduced in 1903, and they allowed for the production of softer, less mineralized water. In 1986, the first sensor-flushing toilet was created in Japan. What’s next? Space toilets?

To learn more details about some of the shining moments in the history of plumbing, check out the infographic below presented by

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