By Chloe Gib

Two primary types of plumbing make urban life possible today. One provides a clean, reliable source of water for businesses and homes, while the other creates a sanitary method of routing human sewage to water recycling plants. Unless these systems are in place and working, cities rapidly begin to decay and die.

The most successful and powerful ancient civilizations were able to supply both services to their populations. Hot and cold running water was available to some ancient Greeks, and the Roman system of aqueducts, baths, fountains, and indoor pipe systems remained unequaled until the Industrial Revolution forced modern innovation and sanitation.

Regions that still lack these basics commonly suffer high levels of water-borne diseases, disproportionately affecting young children. Contaminated water is responsible for shockingly high infant mortality rates, but decrease dramatically when water supplies are sanitized and open wells are routed into safer pumps and storage tanks.

It took Europeans hundreds of years to reach the sophisticated levels of the Romans. Medieval cities such as London or Paris were noted for the stench of raw sewage dumped in gutters, which flowed into the same rivers used to provide drinking water. Modern Europe is only possible because of complex networks of piping.

In the United States, a surprising number of rural homes lacked indoor pipes or bathrooms until relatively recently, often in areas also known for grinding poverty. Modern infrastructure has helped improve conditions, and today few residences lack access to clean water, and a sewer or septic tank for waste disposal.

When your pipes spring a leak or the toilet needs fixing, the certified technician that does the work is not only helping make your own quality of life better, but is playing a part in keeping a modern community alive and well. Without modern plumbing services and maintenance, most big cities would begin to collapse within a few days.

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