The History Of Plumbing

Alex Nelson


Plumbing is a system that conveys fluids for a very wide range of things we need. This includes heating and cooling, waste removal, and potable water delivery are among the most common uses for plumbing. It utilizes pipes, valves,plumbing fixtures, tanks, and other apparatuses to convey fluids.

When it was invented

Indoor plumbing was invented by the the Romans. Plumbing was originated during ancient civilizations such as the Greek, Roman, Persian, Indian, and Chinese cities when they started to develop public bathing and needed to provide public water for a large amount of people.

Problems with it at the time

There were several problems with the first plumbing with sanitation being the biggest problem. Sanitation was a huge problem with the water supply. They didn’t have any water treatment and the water would collect bugs and animal droppings.


With the Fall of Rome both water supply and sanitation regressed for well over 1,000 years. Improvement was very slow and little progress was made until the growth of modern densely populated cities in the 1800s. During this time public health authorities began demanding for better waste disposal systems to be installed to prevent epidemics of disease. Eventually the development of separate, underground water and sewage systems eliminated open sewage ditches.

Plumbing Today

Today the use of lead in the pipes for potable water has declined because of the increased awareness of lead poisoning. We now use mostly copper piping as a better and more safe alternative to lead pipes. The biggest advancement made was the invention of sewer systems. Toilets, water treatment, and sewage treatment plants were also important advancements for us today.

How it worked

This picture shows how the first toilets worked

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