More on Ancient Plumbing - Parker & Sons

Water is essential to the flow of civilization. Indeed, hamlets tend to spawn around rivers, lakes and oceans. The Greeks, the Great Romans, and the ancient Israelites, all built their empires next to running water functioning ambivalently as a sewer and freshwater supply. Plumbers may take heat from time to time, but at the end of the day it is arguable one of the most essential vocations in society.

A Change in Plumbing

In the Stone Age, people used rivers as their only plumbing system. It was both an inbound pipe and an outbound pipe, meaning it was used for both their drinking water and their sewage system. But eventually, people used reason to mimic the rivers they depended on. It was the Greeks who first constructed a plumbing system with clay pipes. But it was the Romans who propelled plumbing ingenuity to new heights. They constructed the aqueducts which served their plumbing needs but also helped unite the empire. The old maxim is “all roads lead to Rome” but it ought to be “all sewers lead away from Rome.”

The Bubonic Plague

The bubonic plague was responsible for killing 1/3 of the entire population, and it was caused by an absence of indoor plumbing. People decided chamber pots were preferable to indoor plumbing and began tossing their human waste out their windows and onto the streets of London. Rats then consumed the human waste, and as a result, a new form of bacteria created a pathogenic infection with the goal of a complete holocaust of the human race. Rats passed said disease on to humans.

Modern Plumbing

Nowadays people do not throw their waste out the window. Chamber pots are no longer an acceptable form of plumbing and most people agree that everyone is better off. The moral of this story is that plumbers serve a vital function in society and deserve your appreciation and kindness.

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