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Tidbits about the History of Indoor Plumbing

Tidbits about the History of Indoor Plumbing

Freestanding bathtubBy learning more about the evolution of indoor plumbing, you can begin to gain a new appreciation for your home facilities.

Our team has significant experience in the plumbing industry, and in this latest post our experts at On Time Plumbing, Heating & Air in Wichita, KS explores tidbits on the history of indoor plumbing.

The Early Civilizations

It might surprise you to learn just how advanced the early civilizations were when it came to their indoor plumbing options.

Consider for example the Indus Valley Civilization, in which those in the city of Lothal had their own personal toilets in their home by about 2350BC. These toilets were rudimentary and connected to cesspits across the city.

The Roman Developments

Roman water wellThe Romans played an important role in the development of indoor plumbing. They were famed for their aqueducts, which terminated in homes at public wells.

These systems also supported drinking fountains for the locals to use to stay clean and healthy. The Romans were among the first communities to have separate systems for drinking, bathing and cooking water.

Marie Antoinette in Versailles

As we move forward now to the 18th century, we arrive in Versailles as Marie Antoinette is the ruling Queen of France. She was one of the first people in the country to get access to a flush toilet system.

Her flush toilet would empty into a chamber below, and her waste would have transported outside by those working for the French royals at the time. Her famed toilet is now still on display in France today.

Sensor Toilet Systems

Modern bathroomIn the 20th century, we had begun to develop our understanding of the dangers of open sewers and had changed our cities to accommodate healthier means of water transit. One example of this commitment to cleanliness was the invention of the sensor toilet in 1986 in Japan.

The toilet would sense when the person was finished using it and then automatically flush. This mitigated the need for the user to have to touch the handle.

Low Flow Systems

Now, thousands around the country are working out ways to reduce their water use in the home. The introduction of low flow toilets and showers has made it easier to mitigate the problems associated with water waste.

Now you have a greater understanding on how far we've become in terms of indoor plumbing. You can see how the changes have been instrumental to improving our health over time. We can look forward to continual advancement in this area in the future.

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