With a loud, resounding whooosh! our water heater exploded last night. The ceiling in the garage was the main target of spouting water, and the floors and walls and all enjoyed a good bath. Plans to replace it this morning had been made earlier this week . . . but I have dirty dishes, dirty clothes, and now, dirty toilets. Ugh! Luckily, there is a 500 gallon spa in the back yard to provide potty water for flushing the more noxious matter, and even a grocery store for bottled water if we run out of what we have. Modern conveniences are sorely underrated until you need to use them. Sewage systems and toilets and running water are not modern. According to various web sources . . .
- King Minos of Crete had a water closet in 2800 BCE
- Toilets were discovered in China dating to 200 BCE
- Skara Brae, in Scotland, during 3100 BCE had a water movement system using a nearby river to remove waste from their domiciles
- The Romans had aqueducts to bring water into cities, public baths, and other amenities
- Queen Elizabeth I had a flush toilet in 1596
- Chamber pots were used in the middle ages and emptied into the street below
- Open sewers still run through many cities in the modern world