FUN PLUMBING FACTS
- The word “Plumbing" comes from the Latin plumbum, meaning “lead"
Water Pipes used to be made of lead
- More than 5.3 million miles of copper plumbing have been installed in the U.S. since 1963
That would cover the earth’s circumference more than 200 times.
- Indoor plumbing evidence has been found since 2500 B.C. from ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptians used copper piping for plumbing. Copper pipes are still in use today.
- Sir John Harrington invented the first flush toilet in 1596
Just two were produced – one for his godmother, Queen Elizabeth, and one for himself. Hence the phrase, “going to the John".
- Tomas Twyford made the first porcelain toilet in 1885
Before then, most toilets were made of metal and wood.
- The Plumbers and Steamfitters Union name Albert Einstein an honorary plumber after he said he’d be a plumber if he could do it all over again