As it was world plumbing day earlier this month, we learned a lot about the crucial link between indoor plumbing, sanitation and their effects on health, it is more vital than you imagined. Lets just look back 300 years ago in the 1700’s, the life expectancy was 47 years old! Compare that to now where we have people living to 90 and beyond and you’ve got to ask yourself, what changed?
Well, the difficult thing about finding this link between plumbing and sanitation is that so many technological and medical advances were made in that time, but even if medicine were as good as it is today, we’d be far from safe from the dangers of having no plumbing and sewer systems.
Before the invention of the sewer and indoor plumbing systems, people would throw their waste into the gutters out of their windows because they couldn’t get rid of it elsewhere. The towns and streets would smell of sewage, rats and other vermin would become associated pests and this would transmit disease.
So what did indoor plumbing do for the UK when it first came into use? Well, in the decades that followed cases of Cholera dropped significantly and now Cholera can’t be found in the UK at all, thanks to indoor plumbing and water treatment. So it’s thanks to plumbers that you don’t have worry about anything like that coming out of your taps.
We should also point out that Only 40% of the world at the moment has this luxury of sanitation. When you consider that very few 3rd world countries have indoor plumbing and the 3rd world does make up 75% of the population, it’s very easy to just take this system we have for granted and people do… That’s where your guys’ funny pictures of things you found down the drain comes in 😉