Water is life-no one can dispute that. The human body is mostly made up of water, plants need water to grow, and most of your household chores need water. It's no surprise that the first cities spawned close to the rivers; earlier civilizations realized how important water was to everyone's survival.

Today, Plumbers in Richmond BC continue to bring life into every home and office in BC, and will likely do so for as long as there's water to go around. Rivers and other sources of fresh water provided the first cities the means to grow their food, clean themselves, and quench their thirst. At first, there was hardly any plumbing. Back then, it was backbreaking work, i.e., fetching water from the river using buckets.

No more buckets

Around 4,000 to 3,000 B.C., the Indus civilization changed the way the world got its water. In 1922, a team of archaeologists stumbled upon ruins of two notable cities along the Indus River: Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. What surprised them was the fact that they found clay pipes in the bathrooms that led to underground sewers. At least they didn't have to go to and from the river.

From clay to copper

At least 500 years later, settling along the Nile River, the ancient Egyptians took a giant leap toward plumbing. They were among the first to enhance the delivery of water by using copper pipes, a trend that still persists today. Plumbers in Vancouver say copper pipes are used mainly due to the fact that they are resistant against corrosion. They also ward off harmful bacteria.

Systematic sewers

It's not enough that plumbing lets fresh water in, as it also has to let waste water out. Along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in the country we now know as Iraq, ancient Babylon developed the science of what is called “hydraulic engineering.” After all, it must've taken a complex system of canals and sewers to help grow the plants of the Hanging Gardens.

In general, the river civilizations knew a lot about water and plumbing. While modern cities don't use clay pipes anymore and have more advanced sewage systems, it wouldn't have been possible if the first cities hadn't introduced them. Vancouver plumbers still apply to this day the things we've learned from those ancient civilizations.

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