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A Short History Of Sewage Systems And Sewage Pumps

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

To really tell the full story of sewage systems we’re going to have to go back a few thousand years. Yes, though it might be somewhat hard to believe the principles behind the modern-day sewage system were in fact invented thousands of years ago. Though it might be true that sewage systems have seen a fair amount of development in this time they can still be traced clearly back to their routes. So, what are these routes and how did we end up with the advanced multi-faceted system we see today? Keep reading this blog to find out!



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Early history

Like many of the world's principal inventions, the early concept of a sewage system was first truly conceived by the ancient greeks. The inventors and builders of the time made small tunnels and pipes to direct the city's waste away into water sources and sometimes even the ocean. Of course, this system was far from perfect but it certainly helped improve the hygiene level of the world's earliest cities. Of course, after the Greek Empire, we had the Roman Empire and the Romans certainly put their mark on this now highly popular technique.


The Romans essentially expanded the already brilliant technology which the Greeks had so famously pioneered. The sewage systems of Rome were extremely advanced and directed the sewage of most of the homes away to safe water sources which could not be accessed easily. This meant that the city was in fact very hygienic for the time and paved the way for health standards of the time.


Middle ages

The middle ages in Europe are perhaps one of the most interesting time periods in human history. Not for the technological advancements of the ancient empires of Rome or Greece. In fact, the middle ages are famous for quite the opposite reason. After the fall of the Roman Empire western Europe slipped back into a state of subsistence life that had not been seen for many hundreds of years. In fact, we completely forgot the engineering behind the sewage systems and went back to simply dropping our waste in the rivers and streets outside.


Naturally, this poor hygiene resulted in a myriad of health conditions. The most famous of these is, of course, the Black Death. This pandemic of the bubonic plague claimed the lives of millions of people in western Europe and to this day is still the most deadly pandemic in the whole of human history.

Modern history

Since the industrial revolution sewage systems have really started to improve and nowadays every continent has its own maze of sewage networks which are kept in order through a myriad of tunnels and of course wastewater pumps. In fact, these pumps are now essential for keeping our sewage networks running in all conditions.


If you’d like to know more about waste water pumps or need one fitted then make sure you contact us today! We have plenty of experience in the industry and can certainly help you out!

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Francky  Kalombo
Francky Kalombo
Aug 16, 2023

Thank you for this informative article on Sewage Pumps

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