Section of lead water pipe, Roman, 100 BC-200 AD.

Exton, David

 
Section of lead water pipe, Roman, 100 BC-200 AD.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Description

The Romans considered a public water supply to be an esential aspect of civic life. In addition, they recognised that dirty water carried disease. As a result, the Romans developed water supply, drainage and sewerage systems of a quality not improved upon until the 19th century. Lead was extensively used for pipes, even though the Romans were aware of the dangers of lead poisoning.

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