So you know your U-bend from you drip channel, and you could ‘sweat the pipe’ to stop to a leak with your eyes shut. Well, you might think you know your pipes, but there’s more to plumbing than getting your hands dirty. Did you know that the Minoan palace at Knossos had sewers? Or that Ozzy Osbourne was a plumber’s apprentice before he hit the big time?
It’s true. And here are a few more facts.
1. When Albert Einstein revealed he would have been a plumber if he could have lived his life over again, the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union made him an honorary member.
2. Since their creation in 1985 Mario and Luigi have appeared in over 200 games. (That’s a lot of emergency call out fees.)
3. Your ancient pipes have got nothing on these guys: the oldest evidence for indoor plumbing in palaces dates back to 2500 BCE. Archaeologists have even unearthed a section of water plumbing from the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.
4. Most homes waste on average 9,000 gallons of water every year, just by running the tap and waiting for the water to heat up. That can tot up to at least 15% of your water heating costs every year.
5. During the Roman Empire, pipes were made of lead. The Latin word for lead is plumbum. Roman citizens who worked with lead were called plumbarius. And that’s where we get the word plumber from.
6. More than half (63%) of the water consumption in our homes happens in the bathroom.
7. We’d save 180 mega litres of water a day – how much it’d take to fill 180 Olympic swimming pools or supply 500,000 homes – if the adult population of England and Wales remembered to do just one simple thing. Turn off the tap while they brushed their teeth.
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