Take a second to think about what life would be like without a toilet or running water. Lots of us consider these absolutely necessities and these necessities are often taken for granted. But have you ever wondered how it all started? We’re going to take a walk back in history to point out some of the most notable plumbing moments.
1700 BC - Plumbers in Crete create the first elaborate sewage drainage and disposal system along with the first flush toilet.
1596 - Queen Elizabeth I installs the first flushing toilet installed in England. It was invented by her godson Sir John Harrington which is where we got the nickname, “the John.”
1829 - The Tremont Hotel in Boston is the first to offer indoor plumbing.
1855 - Chicago becomes the first large American city to build a comprehensive sewer system.
1920s - Tank-type water closets were first introduced. Each flush used about 5-7 gallons of water, reducing previous consumption by 30-50%.
1992 - The Environmental Policy Act of 1992 is passed. Maximum water consumption for toilets is set at 1.6 gallons per flush.
2014 - President Obama signs the “Water Resources Reform Development Act” to address water infrastructure issues.
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