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.