Plumbing History


Do you take indoor plumbing and your plumber for granted?

The first “water closet” was in India, 2000 BCE. A pot of water would wash waste through pipes, into drains running under the streets.

In 691 BCE, the Greeks had the first aqueduct. Rome had 144 public toilets by 315 AD. However, the Romans did not use toilet paper. Everyone used the same piece of sponge attached to a wooden handle. Disgusting has a whole new meaning!

Water closets with a flush feature first came in 1596 thanks to Sir John Harrington. Toilets that flushed were brought to society in 1890 but weren’t popularized until the 1920s.

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