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What is World Plumbing Day?

Background

This month, we’re posting a couple of articles about the future. Our first one is about a specific day in the future, March 11. By this point, virtually every day of the year is also connected with some other recognition or celebration aside from the day itself. We care about the 11th, however, because––as of 2010––the day is World Plumbing Day. Almost ten years ago, The World Plumbing Council identified the 11th in the midst of the 2005-2015 “Water for Life” decade as designated by the United Nations.

 

What is The World Plumbing Council?

The mission of The World Plumbing Council is “to unite the world plumbing industry to safeguard and protect the environment and the health of nations, for the benefit of all.” As you might expect, World Plumbing Day follows suit. In fact, the day is used as a global platform for advocation of the very principles on which the Council is founded. These values include awareness of the lack of clean water in many areas as well as the essential role of plumbing in the well-being of a modern society.

 

Danger of ineffective plumbing

In America, many of us take our water for granted; we assume access of a bathroom or a faucet for washing our hands. In reality, however, a lot of the Earth is without the convenience of useful amenities like the ones a first world country uses every day. And even in a first world country, only the application of skillful plumbing prevents an entire host of issues we’d otherwise suffer from on a regular basis: water scalding, lead in a pipe, Legionnaires Disease, and offsite pollution are among them.

 

Health crisis

Elsewhere, things are often way more dire. As of 2008, around 18% of the species defecated outside. Even as the United Nations, in 2015, was calling for an end of outdoor defecation by 2030, some 950 million people are still doing it. Some of this is cultural, some is by necessity––for now. Contaminated water, as a byproduct of the practice, may result in water-born diseases, like Hepatitis and Cholera, “kill more children, some 1.4 million per year, than measles, malaria, and AIDS combined.”

 

First world problems

And this is a crisis many of those living in a first world country aren’t aware of. This is why elevating a discussion of the importance of clean drinking water and efficient sanitation is essential. If we can embed the matter into the consciousness of the globe psyche, we’ll be even closer to accelerating the resolution of a plumbing epidemic, which includes installing plumbing in areas where none is available. Even in a first world country, you’ll find a variety of people being killed by plumbing issues.

 

The future of plumbing

As a result, it’s critical to empower the plumbing community and industry to optimize a way of life many are accustomed to. The wide availability of plumbing will help prevent injuries or deaths from a badly designed or ineffectively installed plumbing apparatus. Finally, inasmuch as the World Plumbing Day is about expanding the purview of the industry around the world, plumbers are also highly conscious of conserving water. If you want to involve yourself with the event, visit http://www.worldplumbing.org/.

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