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Brief History of Modern Plumbing

June 06, 2021

Water has been a critical part of humanity’s survival and growth longer than we have had written history. We think of our plumbing as a purely modern convenience, but really

Brief History of Modern Plumbing

Water has been a critical part of humanity’s survival and growth longer than we have had written history. We think of our plumbing as a purely modern convenience, but really we’ve had this way longer than most people realize. The beginnings of plumbing began in Mesopotamia in 6000 B.C. when water was carried in large pots. But when did we have our first pipes?

The first copper water pipes were discovered in the Indus River Valley of India, and these were dated back to 4000-3000 B.C. But what about the Roman Empire? This is what most of us hear about, right? So the Romans were considered the best plumbers in history until they were dethroned by American plumbers in the 19th and 20th Century. The Romans constructed plumbing systems and aqueducts that have stood the test of time.

What about toilets? The first flushing toilet was credited to King Minos of Crete in the 18th century B.C. but the oldest actual flushing toilet was 1200 years older and found in the UK in a Neolithic village. However in the 18th Century A.D., Europeans were still dumping pots of sewage in city streets. The first public toilets were introduced in London in 1851. The urban legend that a man named Thomas Crapper invented the toilet is false, however he was a successful plumber with many patents to his name.

The thing is, no matter how old your plumbing is, Aura can bring everything up to date with new and cutting-edge materials and options. If your home’s plumbing looks like it was installed in ancient times, you should call Aura today!

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