Happy World Plumbing Day
Did you know in the United States that it was only a little less than two hundred years ago that plumbing was still not considered a necessity? Only fancy hotels and mansions had indoor plumbing. In fact the White House didn’t even have indoor plumbing until 1853. And even then, “…there were no toilets, showers, or tubs for the servants.
“Running water, not yet considered a necessity, was available only where it could increase the servants’ efficiency—in the pantry on the main floor, in the hall of the basement, in the upstairs hall.”*
Plumbing is still a luxury in some parts of our world, so when you turn on the tap today be thankful! It provides us with clean water, and keeps our houses and streets free of waste! Thus stopping the spread of disease.
And Happy Whimsical Wednesday! Here are some our favorite blog posts about plumbing to honor World Plumbing Day….
Did you know that The Indus Valley Civilization (what today is northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and northwest India) were the first peoples to use plumbing 2700 B.C? They used earthen pipes with asphalt to prevent leaks for their bathhouses and potable water. Later the Romans would use lead piping and aqueducts around 300 BC.
Who had the first bathtub in the White House? Well that is greatly debated, Madison, Monroe, Fillmore, Pierce….?
Did you know that people used hollowed logs for pipes?
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