Hold your wrench high.
Doctors and Plumbers are not usually compared to each other, but when you think about it, the work of plumbers is just as important as the work of doctors in protecting the overall health of the community.
It’s a clever comparison made by Russ Chaney, Chairman of the World Plumbing Council (WPC) at the recent launch of World Plumbing Day.
In Australia, it’s easy to take clean drinking water and sufficient sanitary systems for granted. But as recent bush fires and floods have taught us, these systems can break down very quickly under emergency conditions and the implications can be life threatening.
While most of us understand that clean drinking water is a concern for most people in developing nations, a lot less is known about the important initiatives being undertaken by the plumbing industry to elevate these serious problems.
Here are some of the highlights from his World Plumbing Day address:
It’s an opportunity to recognise the invaluable contribution Plumbing makes to humankind and our planet. We’re creating awareness and a renewed understanding of how plumbers protect the health and safety of humankind.
In developing nations
- A good plumber is every bit as important to a child’s survival as the doctor who treats a water born disease that sound plumbing could have averted.
- Not having access to clean water and effective sanitation systems leads to disease and death.
World Health Organisation stats
- 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe water supply.
- 2.6 billion don’t have effective sanitation systems.
- 3.1 million people die each year that could have been saved with basic plumbing systems.
Importance of continued education and training
- WPD is seeking to empower our profession today with the hope of creating new generations of capable plumbers servicing our needs of tomorrow.
- WPC works daily to highlight and promote the latest plumbing technology and innovations.
Since the first World Plumbing Day three years ago the event has continued to grow in significance. People are getting involved all over the world. It provides a chance to recognise unheralded heroes – plumbers.