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History of plumbing

History of plumbing - middle east

History of plumbing

We use our bathrooms every day. Have you ever thought about plumbing hardware actually started out? If you’re like most of us and take running water and toilets for granted.

Plumbing has a very long history in many ancient civilizations across the globe. The picture to the right is the very first system of pipes to carry water from one place to another built in the Indus Valley Civilization. Buildings here had wells and bathing areas with drains in the floors. They had bathrooms with septic tanks, very similar to modern-day bathrooms.

During the reign of the Roman empire around 52 A.D., the architects designed a complex plumbing system with vast aqueducts and underground sewers, public baths with bronze and lead piping systems. This included the wonderful marble fixtures we often see in archeology.

There were an estimated 220 miles of aqueducts, pipes and water channels used to supply baths, homes and public wells.


History of plumbing


Babylon  King Nebuchadnezzar II had become the most magnificent city of ancient times. His palace had separate bathrooms with elaborate drains as well as latrines with raised seats, connected to a covered sewer system. The king’s bath ritual was in the form of water being poured over him by slaves.

There’s a very interesting history behind the evolution of plumbing materials used through the ages and up to modern times. Since it is most relevant and affects us all in one way or the other, it is worth knowing about the progression of material usage and innovations, over time. Going back all the way back to the time of the Roman Empire, piping constructed of lead and clay was the first reliable material used to deliver potable water to bathhouses, amphitheaters, and private residences all over the Empire.

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