The Mesopotamians introduced the world to clay sewer pipes around 4000 BCE, with the earliest examples found in the Temple of Bel at Nippur and at Eshnunna, utilised to remove wastewater from sites, and capture rainwater, in wells.,
The First Plumbing Systems in the U.S. The history of plumbing in America really begins in 1804 Philadelphia; the first city in the world to use cast iron pipes for its water and sewage system, and the first in the U.S. to build a citywide water works.
The Romans began building sewers in the sixth century BCE, with the giant Cloaca Maxima (meaning “Great Sewer”), a wonder of nearly eleven-foot-high stone vaults. But this underground cathedral wasn't meant to transport waste; rather, its function was to drain the marsh on which the city of Rome was built.Apr 15, 2021
The Etruscans laid the first underground sewers in the city of Rome around 500 BC. These cavernous tunnels below the city's streets were built of finely carved stones, and the Romans were happy to utilize them when they took over the city. Such structures then became the norm in many cities throughout the Roman world.Nov 19, 2015
The first sanitation facility was the sump or cesspit that appeared in Babylon around 4000 B.C. A simple digging in the ground to concentrate the excreta that could soon be found in other cities of the empire and in rural areas.Mar 22, 2017