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Plumbing Thru History

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Just for fun, check out the plumbers of history:

3000 B.C. - Egypt builds basins to contain flood water and digs canals and irrigation ditches to reclaim marshes.

2500 B.C - The Middle East has an extensive system of dikes, canals, and sluices. They were used until the Roman occupation.

1700 B.C. - The Minoan Palace of Knossos 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!

1500 B.C. - Moses instructs his people to bury their human waste away from camp during the 40 years of Exodus.

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. - The first Roman sewers were built. The ancient sewer The Cloaca Maxima is still in use today!

312 B.C. - The first Roman aqueduct built. It spanned 11 miles and was used to transport water.

52 A.D. - The Roman aqueduct system had 220 miles of channels and carried about 300 gallons of water for every citizen of the city.

4th century. - Rome has 11 public baths, 1.352 public fountains & cisterns, and 856 private baths.

1596 - Sir John Harington builds the Ajax water closet - a toilet - for Queen Elizabeth I. She uses it but he was publicly ridiculed for the idea and never built another.

1775 - Alexander Cumming receives the first patent for a modern toilet.

1848 - England passes the Public Health Act, the world's leading plumbing code. It required every house to have a flushing toilet, privy, or ash pit.

1946 - Bob Jones creates The Plumbing Group, Inc. in Anytown.

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