This is a very brief outline of interesting facts on the history of plumbing we would love to share with you!
3000 B.C – Egypt built basins to contain the flood water and dug canals and irrigation ditches to reclaim marshes.
2500 B.C – Egypt has an extensive system of dikes, canals, and sluices. They were used until Roman occupation circa. (30BC – 641AD)
1700 B.C – Minoan Palace of Knossas on the Isle of Crete featured 4 separate drainage systems that emptied into stone sewers. Terra Cotta pipe beneath the floors provided water fountains and hot and cold water faucets. It also had the first flushing toilet. Unfortunately, the concept of the toilet was not seen again until the 16th century.
1500 B.C – Moses instructs his people to bury their human waste away from camp.
1200 B.C– Jerusalem had water tunnels from the city that tapped into a water source just outside the city walls.
800 B.C to 735 B.C – First Roman sewers were built. The ancient sewer called The Cloaca Maxima is still in use.
312 B.C – First Roman aqueduct built, it spanned 11miles and was used to transport water.
52 A.D – Roman aqueduct system had 220 miles of channels and carried about 300 gallons of water to every citizen.
4th c. A.D – Rome had 11 public baths, 1,352 public fountains and cisterns, and 856 private baths.
1596 A.D – Sir John Harington builds the “Ajax” water closet (toilet) for Queen Elizabeth I. She used it but was publicly ridiculed for the idea and no more were built.
1848 A.D – England passes “Public Health Act,” it would become the world’s leading plumbing code. It required every house to have a flushing toilet, privy or ash pit
2000 A.D – Do it Right Pluming, Heating and Contracting Inc. established which was previously partnered with another well known plumbing company.