It’s well known that roughly 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, but how does that water get into and out of our homes? When did we start filtering water? Who thought up indoor plumbing? What led to the invention of the toilet, the washing machine, or the water softener?
The history of the technology of plumbing goes all the way back to 10,200 BCE, when the use of wells became prominent. The earliest known version of the toilet is the water closet, invented in India in 2,000 BCE. The water closet required a pot of water to wash waste through pipes and into drains located underneath the streets.
In this infographic, Plumber24Hours.co.uk explores the advances in plumbing technology from the very beginning to now, that have allowed us to do everything from filtering harmful material out of our water to washing clothes in the comfort of our own homes rather than the middle of rivers.