Created by the World Plumbing Council (WPC) and its partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), World Plumbing Day has been celebrated annually on March 11th since 2010. But with all the holidays we have already, do we really need another one, especially one for plumbing of all things? The answer is yes, of course we do!
At Rick’s Plumbing, World Plumbing Day is a time for us to celebrate the achievements made by plumbers around the world as well as raise awareness about the importance of plumbing and plumbing related issues. In addition to providing our customers with top notch plumbing services, we also like to take a moment to reflect on how far plumbing technology has come and where it’s headed.
In order to truly appreciate the conveniences of today’s modern plumbing systems in honor of World Plumbing Day, here’s a look at what life would be like without them.
Scrub a dub dubbing in everyone’s bathwater
Thanks to plumbing pipes and hot water heaters, hot, clean water for bathing flows into our homes, but that hasn’t always been the case. In the past people bathed as little as once a month — or less — and households typically shared the same bath water, which was usually heated on a wood stove or over a fire. Sure, waiting for your turn to take a shower can be annoying but it sure beats bathing the old fashioned way!
Using an outhouse
Having to use a portapotty really makes you appreciate using your own toilet in the comfort of your home, so imagine having to use an outhouse several times a day all year round. Although outhouses are still used by individuals living off the grid and in remote areas, they’ve all but been replaced by indoor flushing toilets.
Washing your clothes by hand
Almost everyone wants washboard abs but no one actually wants to use one to wash their clothes! Before the advent of electric powered washing machines, clothes were washed by hand using a washboard and a bar of soap. Even the earliest versions of washing machines were still powered by hand.
No indoor plumbing means having to go outside to fetch water from a well or a natural water source such as a river. This chore was tiring, time consuming, and needed to be done a daily basis if not throughout the day in some cases.
Drink to your health…or not
Without today’s modern plumbing systems, including indoor plumbing pipes, water treatments, and sewer systems, the risk of contracting a life threatening illness was real. Even today, the WPC and WHO estimate that 1.6 million people die each year due to preventable diarrheal diseases caused by lack of clean drinking water and proper sanitation.
World Plumbing Day is also a great opportunity to take a look at your own plumbing, so call Rick’s Plumbing today to explore the variety of plumbing services we offer! Happy World Plumbing Day!