The History of Water Faucet
Faucet is an essential requirement for sanitation. The faucet is also an important element used in water installations, where the faucet has a function as an integral part of kitchen and bathroom equipment. Without a faucet, water will not be able to flow perfectly. With a faucet, we can measure how much water we need without wasting it. But does Sobat Yuta know when the faucet was first invented? Since what era has the water tap been used?
Water Faucet History
Citing from several sources, the use of water taps has been around since 1700 BC. History reveals that water taps and a piping system were found in the ruins of the former Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete. The plumbing system equipped with water taps found at the Palace of Knossos is made of gold, silver and marble and serves as a channel for the flow of water to the palace bathrooms and fountains.
History also records that in the period 1000 BC to 476 AD, the Romans had used a system of pipes and water taps to drain water into houses, public baths or to the fountain in the middle of the city. The public baths in Rome also had water taps made of gold, silver, and brass. In the fourth century AD, there were at least 11 public baths, 1,352 fountains and water tanks, and 856 private baths supported by a plumbing and water tap system, in the City of Rome.
The Change Design of Water Faucet
Along with the development of increasingly advanced technology, the piping system also develops, one of which includes water tap technology. At the beginning of his invention, the water faucet was designed using two handles. Its purpose is to regulate cold water and hot water separately.
But in 1937, Alfred M. Moen, a student from the University of Washington, innovated to create a single handed mixing faucet or water faucet with a single handle. This faucet functions to regulate the amount of water flow while adjusting the mixture of hot and cold water. This innovation created by Alfred Moen allows us to regulate and control the temperature of the water flow as desired, without having to make hot water flow and cold water flow out on different faucet handles.
However, Alfred Moen’s idea of a single handle water faucet was not immediately accepted by the faucet supplying manufacturers. It wasn’t until 1947, after World War II, when raw materials for brass and other materials were difficult to obtain due to the fact that supplies were focused on making weapons, that Alfred Moen found a manufacturer willing to produce his designs. In that year, Alfred Moen’s single-handle faucet sold 250 taps. The demand is increasing until finally Ravena Metal Products as a manufacturer produces water taps of up to 5,000 pcs per year.
Water Faucet with Ball Valve
In 1945, another technology for water faucets was designed by Landis H. Perry. This technology is in the form of a ball valve that functions to regulate the mixing and the amount of water flow which can be done more simply and effectively. With this design too, a damaged water faucet will be easier to repair. Perry also obtained a patent for his ball valve in 1952.
Two years later, in 1954, Alex Manoogian purchased the patent and introduced the public to the first single-handle faucet to use a ball valve design. This design is quite successful in the market. The reason is, it only took four years for the product to be launched, the sales of the faucet, known as the Delta Faucet, could reach a lift of more than 1 million dollars.
Other innovations are emerging for water faucet products. With guaranteed design and quality, Yuta Indonesia always tries to keep up with the times and technology as a tangible manifestation of meeting consumer needs through its faucet products. Wait for the latest innovation from Yuta Indonesia which will be released in the near future, OK! Don’t forget to follow Instagram @yuta.indonesia for the latest updates on our products!