Reflecting on Plumbing Technology and History on World Plumbing Day in Lake Charles, LA and Beaumont, TX

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worldplumbingdayForget about March Madness, it’s time to get pumped for World Plumbing Day! Created in 2010 by the World Plumbing Council (WPC) in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), World Plumbing Day speaks to an important cause. Every March 11th, World Plumbing Day is honored as way to reflect on all the advances made in plumbing technology as well as to raise awareness about exactly how vital a role plumbing plays in our health and everyday lives.

This World Plumbing Day, celebrate with us at Roto-Rooter Lake Charles! Our variety of professional plumbing services not only help to make life easier but they can help to keep you and your household healthy. We fully support the WPC’s mission in raising plumbing awareness and making clean, safe water accessible. Your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities!

So in the spirit of World Plumbing Day, let’s take a look back at what life was like without the plumbing technology we have today!

Take a hike

No indoor plumbing means having to collect your water from an outside water source, such as a well or a body of water. Not only is this daily chore physically taxing and time consuming, water taken from a natural source often has to be boiled or purified before it’s considered safe. It was common for people to travel miles to collect water.

Having a not so hot or relaxing bath

Sharing is caring but not when it comes to bath water! In the 1860’s, less than 5% of American homes had indoor plumbing, which made taking a bath in a basin or outside the home a common practice. Water had to heated on a stove and poured into a basin, after which family members took turns bathing in the same water.

Unsanitary public sanitation systems

Without sewer systems, it was a common practice to dispose of waste in a body of water, such as a river. In other cases, waste was buried or dumped on a designated area of land, known as a sewage bed. Although sewer systems were used throughout the Ancient World, the technology wasn’t implemented or perfect on a global scale until much later.

Hand washing clothes

You’d probably do a lot less a laundry if you had to do it all by hand, which was a common practice 100 years ago. Clothes were washed in a basin using a bar of soap and washboard or beaten over river rocks.

Unsafe drinking water

Without indoor plumbing, your chances of contracting a waterborne illness increase significantly. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 88% of diarrhea cases worldwide can be linked to unsafe water.

Join Roto-Rooter Lake Charles in celebrating World Plumbing Day by making sure your plumbing is working as it should. If not, we’re only a phone call away! Happy World Plumbing Day!


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