What was the first civilization to have running water and indoor plumbing?
The Indus Valley culture in modern day India had a public water supply and sanitation system that rivaled systems used many centuries later. As for indoor plumbing, it was the Roman Empire that had it first.... "[they had] a system of aqueducts and pipes that terminated in homes and at public wells and fountains for people to use. Rome and other nations used lead pipes; while commonly thought to be the cause of lead poisoning in the Roman Empire, the combination of running water which did not stay in contact with the pipe for long and the deposition of precipitation scale actually mitigated the risk from lead pipes."
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Sumerians about 4000 BC. Others were about 1000 years later. And sporadic.
I don't believe that's correct. Irrigation, yes. They had some elaborate irrigation systems to allow for large agricultural practices in a very arid environment, but I don't believe they had running water and indoor plumbing. Certainly not by 4000BC.
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