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How long has the single-handle faucet been around?

Since 1939 Alfred M. Moen, who founded Moen Faucets in 1956, invented the single-handle faucet allowing the control of both hot and cold water in just one turn.

How much water does a leaky faucet waste in a week?

If you have a leaky faucet that drips twice per minute, you’ll waste over a gallon of water in a week. This is a mild leak, however waste for more serious leaks can get considerably higher.

Toilets have been called ‘Johns’ and ‘Crappers,’ but do you know why?

Sir John Harrington is credited with the invention of the toilet—patented, however, by Alexander Cummings, who called it a flushing water closet.

Many decades later, Thomas Crapper is credited with improving the early flush toilet. Crapper was a plumber that is often mistakenly called ‘John Crapper’.

Leaks come in many forms. Did you know plumbers were used to fix them in specialized ways during the Vietnam War?

President Richard Nixon had set up a White House Special Investigations Unit to plug intelligence leaks in the governmental processes associated with the Vietnam War.  The members of this convert group were popularly called “plumbers.”

How long has plumbing been around?

Standardized plumbing can be traced back to around 3,000 B.C. when the Indus River Valley civilization used earthen plumbing pipes to provide transportable water and to drain wastes.

Think teenagers use a lot of water? Compare them to this natural wonder…you’ll feel better.

U.S. residents use about 100 gallons of water per day. It takes about seven and a half years for the average American residence to use the same amount of water that flows over the Niagara Falls in one second (750,000 gallons).