Learn Information About the History of Indoor Plumbing

Indoor plumbing is an integral part of our lives here in Lehi, UT. However, do you ever wonder how your plumbing got to serve the function that it does now? Indoor plumbing has actually been around for thousands of years and has a fascinating history.

Indoor plumbing has actually been around for thousands of years and has a fascinating history. Here is a brief description of the history of indoor plumbing.

Early Plumbing History

Indoor plumbing likely got its start way back in 6000 B.C., when Mesopotamians carried jugs of water by hand from the river for use in their homes, signaling an awareness of the need for water indoors. A few thousand years later, the civilization at the River of Indus Valley (India) constructed a series of pipes that serviced bathrooms in buildings.

Interestingly, these bathrooms made use of septic tanks, not that different from what we see today. Some of the earliest showers were in ancient Greece. Olympic Athletes stood under metal pipes that showered them with water to clean off after competitions.

Egyptian and Roman Advances

The Egyptians built elaborate bathrooms in the pyramids that had and sewage systems. In addition to building them in the pyramids, they built them into their tombs.

They believed that the dead were still living, but “on the other side,” so they still needed a lot of the same comforts that they enjoyed when they were alive.

The Romans built an intricate aqueduct system that eventually extended over hundreds of miles. The piping infrastructure fed freshwater to the bathhouses. Not only was there a steady supply of water, but it was heated as well.

Furnaces heated the water for bathing and for the steam rooms. The baths also featured waste water removal, pulling wastewater away from the bathhouses and emptying it into the Tiber River.

Plumbing in the 18th Century

In 18th century France, despite the luxurious surroundings, Marie Antoinette didn’t have toilets at Versailles. The Royal Family used close stools, which were upholstered chairs that had a bottom that opened into a chamber pot.

The thousands of others, who were in her court on a given day, were forced to go outside to go to the bathroom. Apparently, many relieved themselves in the hallways and in vacant rooms as well.

Modern Plumbing

Some of the advances today support the homeowner’s need to be water conscious.

With the high cost of water bills and the water scarcity crisis, plumbing needs to be engineered to assist with water conservation.

There are more options available today, including dual flush toilets and motion censored faucets.